Regional Consultation Meeting on Education

Regional Consultation Meeting on Education and Resilience
in East Asia and the Pacific: Developing Guidance for
Programmes and Policies that Promote Social Cohesion and
Comprehensive School Safety
4 – 7 November 2014
SEAMEO INNOTECH, Quezon City, Philippines
by: Teija Vallandingham, UNICEF EAPRO
Challenges in East Asia and the Pacific
Natural Hazards
Asia-Pacific 2004-2010: 500,000 deaths, 40 million homeless.
Disaster risk and climate change are increasing.
‘Case fatality rate’ of flooding and tropical storms is decreasing.
Livelihoods implications of disasters are more severe. Disasters make the
poorest even poorer.
Asia-Pacific’s population is young: children, youth and women
proportionally the most vulnerable and will feel the full force of climate
change, not adults.
Progress towards EFA and the MDGs slowed down.
Conflict and Insecurity
EAP has the 2nd largest no. of fragile and conflict stricken states and regions
after Africa.
Many EAP countries have recently emerged from or are still confronting
some form of insecurity, violence and social/political unrest.
Several countries have high rates of poverty and widening income gap.
Some are geographically and politically isolated, with weak economies,
governance structures and capacity to address shocks.
Attacks on schools, teachers and students in many countries
Meetings Objectives and Outcomes
1. Exchange ideas on appropriate and effective ways
to equip EAP countries, particularly our education
systems, with the capacities to address “all risks” faced
by children and their communities, both natural hazards
and conflict and social cohesion risks.
2. Assess the extent to which governments, communities
and partners have effective systems, policies and
programmes in place to address all risks, and to identify
good practices at policy and programme level, and the
merits and limitations of current strategies.
3. Strengthen regional knowledge networks
and generate better understanding of the role of
education for resilience.
4. Contribute to regional guidance to assist our
governments, MoEs, education agencies and
communities to operationalize the concepts of education
and social cohesion and the Comprehensive School
Safety Framework into strategies, policies and
• New Knowledge,
Tools, Platforms to
better address “all
risks” faced by
• Regional Guidance
on Education and
Agenda Overview
DAY 1, November 4, 2014
Part I: Education and Resilience: Conflict and Social Cohesion
- Session 1A: Education, Conflict and Resilience: Lessons from Theory and
1) Examine the relationship between education, conflict and social cohesion, 2)
present results of research on the role of education and conflict, and 3)
describe how a systemic conflict analysis of education system can be used to
develop inter-related initiatives to promote social cohesion.
- Session 1B: Panel on Education Policies/Planning that Promote Social Cohesion
in EAP
1) Provide examples of conflict-sensitive policies and planning approaches that
are designed to promote social cohesion, and 2) provide evidence of the impact
of these policy reforms.
- Session 1C: Education Programmes and Community Based Initiatives that
Promote Social Cohesion
Describe and provide evidence on the impact of education programmes
initiated by NGOs, UN agencies and others that promote social cohesion.
- Group Work Session A: Education and Social Cohesion
Develop preliminary list of recommendations for policies, programme and
strategies for social cohesion to be incorporated into regional guidance.
Agenda Overview
DAY 2, November 5, 2014
Part II: Education and Resilience: Natural Disasters, Climate
Change and CSS
- Session 2A: Country Good Practice Policies for Resilience to Natural Disasters and
Climate Change
1) Provide examples of policies/planning approaches that have been implemented
at national and local levels to strengthen resilience in the education sector, and 2)
explore methodologies for monitoring the impact of policies.
- Session 2B: Vietnam Case Study: Comprehensive Government Policy in DRR/CCA
Describe 1) policies that Viet Nam has developed to incorporate DRR/CAA into the
MoE, 2) collaboration between the MoE and other agencies, and 3) the impact of
the policies and evaluation methods for assessing their effectiveness.
- Session 2C: Country Good Practice Education Programmes and Community Based
Initiatives for Resilience to Natural Disasters and Climate Change
Describe and provide evidence on the impact of education programmes initiated by
government, NGOs, UN agencies and others that strengthen resilience to natural
disasters and climate change.
- Group Work Session B: Comprehensive School Safety and Climate Change Education
for Sustainable Development
Develop a preliminary list of recommendations for policies, programmes and
strategies for CSS and CCESD to be incorporated into regional guidance.
Agenda Overview
DAY 3, November 6, 2014
Part III: Mainstreaming C/DRR into the Education Sector
- Session 3A: Lessons Learned from UNICEF PBEA Programme in Mainstreaming C/DRR in
Provide UNICEF global and regional lessons learned in mainstreaming C/DRR in the
education sector.
- Session 3B: Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge and Values in Mainstreaming C/DRR in
Address 1) the relationship between indigenous communities and conflict, 2) the
importance of drawing on indigenous knowledge, practices and values in sustaining
social cohesion and environmental protection, and 3) ways of incorporating indigenous
knowledge and values into education policy and programmes to increase resilience and
reduce conflict and disaster risks.
- Session 3C: Monitoring and Evaluation of C/DRR: Tools and Strategies
1) Review and assess the utility of tools developed to assist governments in C/DRR
development and implementation M&E processes, and 2) give countries an opportunity
to describe other methods countries have used to evaluate their C/DRR strategies.
- Group Work Session C: Mainstreaming C/DRR into the Education Sector
Develop a list of recommendations for mainstreaming C/DRR into the education sector.
Agenda Overview
Part IV: Strengthening Networks, Partnerships and Information Platforms in EAP
- Session 4: Strengthening Regional Networks - Sharing Resources and Filling Gaps to Build Capacity at Regional
and Country Levels
1) Share information on the role and services of key regional networks for education and resilience, 2) identify
country needs from the networks/platforms, 3) suggest ways that countries can better access existing
information and tools, and 4) make recommendations for strengthening the networks.
Part V: Developing Regional Guidance for Education and Resilience
- Group Work Session D: Synthesis and Final Recommendations for Regional Guidance
Develop synthesis and final recommendations for regional guidance, with action steps for appropriate bodies.
DAY 4, November 7, 2014
CLOSING SESSION: East Asia and the Pacific Recommendations for Regional Guidance on Education and
Resilience 2015
Provide a synthesis of the recommendations for the EAP guidance, and 2) enable key stakeholders to comment
on priorities, operationalization of the guidance, and commitments from stakeholders.
• Insights and Reflections
• Messages from Representatives of organising agencies
• Video Highlights
• Meeting Evaluation
We have multinational participants, at least from 25 countries…
Our participants are from ASEAN; MoEs; NDMOs; Ministries of Environment; UNICEF Country and Field
Offices, HQ, East and Southern, and West and Central Africa; UNESCO Bangkok, Jakarta and Paris
(UNESCO-IIEP); SEAMEO Secretariat; Community-based NGOS; Academic and Research Institutions;
Regional Networks and the Asian Coalition for School Safety (ACSS) members – namely IFRC, Plan
International, Save the Children and World Vision
Timor Leste
Viet Nam
Republic of Korea
Solomon Islands
United Kingdom
United States
The Steering Committee
SEAMEO Secretariat:
Dr. Tinsiri Siribodhi
Dr. Asmah Ahmad
Ms. Teija Vallandingham
Ms. Melinda Smith
Ms. Vilasa (Audrey) Phongsathorn
Dr. Ethel Agnes Valenzuela
Mr. Jesse Tuason
UNESCO Bangkok:
Mr. Danilo Padilla
Ms. Hyunkyung (Jasmine) Lee
Wishing you a fruitful meeting.
Thank you!

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