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Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All: Goal 6 (PDF)

Publication year: December 2012
Publisher: UNICEF And UNESCO

The Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All: Goal 6 - Quality Education covers EFA goal 6: Improving all aspects of the quality of education and ensuring excellence of all so that recognized and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, number and essential life skills.

Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All: Goal 5 (PDF)

Publication year: December 2012
Publisher: UNICEF And UNESCO

The Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All: Goal 5 - Gender Equality covers EFA goal 5: Eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring girls' full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality.


Why are Boys Underperforming in Education? (PDF)

Published: November 2012

All girls and boys have an equal right to education. In many countries around the world, girls traditionally have been at a disadvantage. But in East Asia and the Pacific where national, aggregated statistics are beginning to show universal access to education, in some settings enrolment, attendance and achievement are decreasing for boys. Boys’ enrolment rates have declined. Many boys are leaving school early. Fewer are continuing on to higher levels of education. Why? This study was done in Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All: Goal 4 (PDF)

Publication year: October 2012
Publisher: UNICEF And UNESCO

The Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All: Goal 4 - Youth and Adult Literacy covers EFA goal 4: Achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults.  

Factsheet: International Day of the Girl Child (PDF)

Published: October 2012

The more education a girl receives, the less likely she is to marry as a child. Yet in the East sia and Pacific region, 4.9 million girls remain out of school, 90% of whom are from excluded or minority groups.


Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All: EFA Goal 1 - Early Childhood Care and Education (PDF format)

Publication year: August 2012
Publisher: UNICEF And UNESCO

This book is the first in a series of six Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All (EDN). This first book of the series covers EFA goal 1: Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
The EDN present a review of regional and national progress toward the six EFA goals, take stock of the progress, persisting issues and remaining challenges in achieving the goals, and highlight examples of innovative policy reforms and strategies, particularly those aimed at reducing disparities in access to and quality of education. The EDN also emphasize the policy, capacity and governance gaps to be addressed in order to achieve EFA goals in the region. The six reports build on the findings of the Asia-Pacific EFA Mid-Decade Assessment (2006–2008), which examined EFA progress and gaps at the mid-way point of the 2000–2010 decade.
All six EDN booklets will be published in the coming months.

Schools of quality: A case study on rights-based education reform in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Publication year: March 2011
Publisher: UNICEF
Language: English

The development of child-friendly schools in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic – where they are known as Schools of Quality (SoQ) – is an initiative that addresses access and quality in basic education as the country strives to meet its commitments to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA). Click to read the full report.


The Role of Non-State Providers in Delivering Basic Services for Children

Publication year: 2011
Publisher: UNICEF and ADB
Language: English

This report highlights issues, opportunities and challenges for non-state providers and public-private partnerships (PPPs) in fulfilling the rights to education for all -- particularly the poor -- in East Asia and the Pacific.  As the role of the State shifts, there is significant potential for the State to engage and support the non-state sector as it gains prominence in improving access to and quality in education.  This report discusses the benefits and risks associated with PPPs, and essential factors for establishing successful partnerships. Click to download the full report.


Evidence-Based Advocacy for Gender in Education

Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNGEI EAP
Language: English

In an effort strengthen the notion of evidence-based advocacy for gender in education in the Asia-Pacific region, UNICEF, in collaboration with the EAP UNGEI, conducted a Workshop on Evidence-based Advocacy for Gender Equity and Equality in Education to strengthen links between evidence and advocacy efforts, in Bangkok, in early September, 2009. Country delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam representing ministries, UN agencies, regional networks and universities came together for this training workshop. Click to download the full report.


Publication year: 2010
Language: English

Launched in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000 by then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) promotes girls’ education and works for gender equality in education through a network of partners at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels. This report is an overview of the current state of girls’ education and gender equality. It includes a summary of UNGEI activities and functions, a review of remaining challenges and a sketch of the future direction of UNGEI. The report documents UNGEI’s activities over the last 10 years and its value-added function in advancing the Millennium Development Goals as they relate to gender, education, poverty reduction and the Education for All goals. Click to read.

Brochure of East Asia and Pacific Regional UNGEI (United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative)


Education for Adolescents
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNICEF East Asia and Pacific
Language: English

The Strategic Framework is intended to help UNICEF country offices in East Asia and the Pacific determine what their focus and priorities will be in addressing adolescent education, an area that merits a whole new level of attention. It offers a road map for engagement, clustering adolescents into four major groups according to educational status, and singling out potential actions that can empower and encourage these groups to keep learning. Click to download the full report.


What's the Difference?
Confronting Factors that Affect Gender Equality in Education
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: East Asia and Pacific Regional UNGEI
Languages: English

The East Asia and Pacific Regional UN Girls’ Education Initiative (EAP UNGEI) was formed in 2002 to establish networks and partnerships among experts and organizations promoting gender equality in education.  As part of its advocacy efforts, the EAP UNGEI has developed this advocacy booklet to highlight the importance of quality of basic education, gender equality in access and policy recommendations. Click to download the booklet.


ARNEC Connections: Working together for Early Childhood
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: Asia- Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood
Languages: English

This issue features a wide variety of articles ranging from description of Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs from different countries, research on ECD service impact assessment and on play in young children’s development, country updates on ECD finance and national policies, to importance of ECD in emergencies, ECD through health sector, and updates from institutions. In addition, we introduce personal reflections, and reports on innovative strategies such as storytelling in making preschool education relevant to communities.  Click to read.


Reports from the East Asia Pacific Regional Gender Workshop, Nha Trang, Viet Nam, 1-2 February 2010


Gender Equality in Education: East Asia and Pacific (Progress Note and Snapshot)
Publication year: 2009
Publisher: Regional Thematic Working Group on EFA, East Asia & Pacific Regional UNGEI, UNICEF East Asia & Pacific
Languages: English

The Progress Note and its snapshot on Gender Equality in Education, East Asia and Pacific aim to present analysis of progress and gaps towards achieving Education For All (EFA) Goals – giving insights into the status of countries in East Asia and the Pacific, which are prepared under the technical guidance of expert working groups from across the region.  These two documents aim at deeper and broader analysis of key quantitative and qualitative indicators drawn from wide ranging sources including national and international education data, household and socio-economic survey data, and qualitative studies.  Click to download the Progress Notes and the Snapshot.  


Schools of Quality in Lao PDR: an Evaluation 2009
Publication year: 2009
Publisher: UNICEF East Asia & Pacific
Languages: English

The evaluation found that the Schools of Quality approach in Lao DPR, has already made a positive difference to the lives of children especially in relation to the shift towards child-centred learning. There are clear signs that both the approach itself and the benefits of the activity can be sustained. Click to download the full report.

Making Education Work: The Gender Dimension of the School to Work Transition
This publication presents findings from research conducted through the East Asia and Pacific Regional United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) on some of the existing disparities in the East Asia and Pacific region, looking particularly at the..

Report of the East Asia learning achievement study
The East Asian Learning Assessment Study (EALAS) was a capacity-building project focused on bringing greater clarity to the process of measuring learning achievement. The project involved developing measuring instruments analysing data, developing in-coun

UNGEI case studies in East Asia: Towards equal opportunities for all: empowering girls through partnerships in education
This publication is a joint-project outcome by the regional and country UNGEI partners. It introduces seven good practice case studies from East Asia on programmes addressing the educational needs of girls.

Balls, Books and Bear Hugs: Psychosocial response through education in emergency situations, Examples from Indonesia and Thailand
This document provides a brief explanation of what psychosocial means and how it can be used in a formal education setting to help young people find their resiliency or strengthen it.

The Use of Emergency Education and Recreational Kits in Aceh
This review draws on existing literature concerning the use of pre-packaged kits as instructional and recreational aids in post-emergency settings and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the implementation of these in Aceh.

Assessing child-friendly schools: A guide for programme managers in East Asia and the Pacific. 2006
This document is published to provide a pool of both outcome and process indicators for each of the five core dimensions of CFS. By having comprehensive lists of indicators, users will use them as a basis to adapt to their interests and current contexts.

Potential for education sector wide approaches (SWAps) in East Asia. 2005
This is proceedings of the meeting in Viet Nam from 15-17 November 2004. It aimed to review the current state of SWAps in education in Asian countries, to identify achievements, to spotlight progress and to determine how to advance SWAps in the region.

Child friendly schools in East Asia and the Pacific: "How friendly can they be?". 2004
The executive summary of a larger review of child friendly schools in East Asia and the Pacific region, which was supported by the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office.

Regional experience on integrated approach to early childhood-six case studies in East Asia. 2004
This publication compiles six case studies from East Asia on programming for early childhood development. It shares the regional experiences on IECD and to serve as an advocacy tool & as a technical learning source for people working in early childhood.



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