Round-up on education at UNESCO’s 35th General Conference

October 8 Ministerial Forum ‘Investing out of the crisis and Attaining International Goals – through Action in Education, the Sciences, Culture and Communication’

October 9-10 What should education look like in 20 years time and what needs to change to get there? The question will form the basis of a two-day round table ‘What Education for the Future? - Lessons from the Major International Education conferences'

October 12 to 15 and 19 The Education Commission will meet to determine the policies and the direction of the work of UNESCO’s Education sector for the next two years through discussions and adoption of the programme and budget for major programme I (Education). 

Programme and budget for 2010-2011 for Education

Educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Arab territories;

Strategies for making UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE), a centre of excellence for curricula

Report by the Intergovernmental Regional Committee for the Regional Education Project for Latin America and the Caribbean (EFA/PRELAC).

Amendments to the Statutes of the Intergovernmental Regional Committee for the Regional Education Project for Latin America and the Caribbean (PRELAC)  

Draft strategy for the second half of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2019) including the Bonn Declaration

Revision of the 1981 Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and other Academic Qualifications in Higher Education in the African States and the 1983 Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific

Debt swaps for education;

· Proposals for the establishment: in India of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP);  in the Philippines of a lifelong learning centre for sustainable development in South-East Asia and in the Syrian Arab Republic of a regional centre concerning early childhood development;


· Structure for the organization of the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education in 2010;

UNESCO’s education institutes activities for the previous biennium.

The Commission’s final report which will be adopted on October 19 will then inform discussions related to Education at the plenary debates of the General Conference.

October 14  Panel on ‘Young Voices for Education for Sustainable Development” will take place as will a seminar on “Climate Change through the Education for Sustainable Development lens: Policy, Pedagogical and Ethical Perspective on Global Warming’. 

October 6 to 23 Throughout the conference there will be a permanent exhibition on UNESCO and education entitled Education and Cultures: the African Path which forms part of the wider Cultures and Development Exhibition.


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