UNESCO Bangkok organised a two-day expert meeting on 19-20 November 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. An eminent panel of lifelong learning experts based in the Asia-Pacific region representing various sectors (research and academia, private sector, development partners, UN agencies, CSOs) was invited to participate in this regional consultation.
The main objective of the meeting was to design a preliminary version of the regional CLC standards and the Asia-Pacific Competency Framework for Lifelong Learning. The meeting provided a platform for the national experts to discuss substantive issues related to lifelong learning that could impact the development of these regional instruments.
The regional CLC standards and the competency framework will propose benchmarks and provide guidance to support Asia-Pacific countries in strengthening their lifelong learning systems, particularly at the community level. As reference tools, it is hoped that they will be useful in promoting the harmonisation and quality assurance of education and training across the region.