APCEIU 안과밖2016.05.11 10:55

Education Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Joon Sik finalized the appointment of the third Governing Board of APCEIU. The ten newly appointed members of the Board will serve a three- year term in office from 7 May 2016 to 6 May 2019.

The Governing Board of APCEIU consists of representatives of the Korean Government, UNESCO, UNESCO Member States, experts in the field of Education for International Understanding, APCEIU Director, etc. pursuant to the <Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Korea and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on the Establishment of the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding> and the <Integrated Comprehensive Strategy for UNESCO Category 2 Institutes and Centres under the Auspices of UNESCO>. 

 List of the Third Governing Board Members
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APCEIU가 알립니다2016.04.29 17:35
Capacity-Building Opportunity for Young Leaders in Global Citizenship Education 


The Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) and the United Nations Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) will organize a leadership training workshop for young leaders in Global Citizenship Education (GCED) from the 11th July to 16th July 2016, at the Busan University of Foreign Studies in Busan, Republic of Korea.

The four-day leadership training aims to contribute achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Target 4.7, to foster global citizenship through education. As well as enabling participants to deepen their understanding of GCED, the workshop allows the young leaders to play a major role and become part of a wider network of youth leaders for GCED.

Organized in partnership with the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS) and Geumjeong District of Busan Metropolitan City, the workshop aims to build the capacity of dynamic young leaders from across the world to strengthen their leaderships for GCED.

Approximately 50 participants, between the ages of 18 to 24, will be selected on the basis of their current engagement and future commitment in educating youth at the local and national levels around GCED. Participants must have a minimum of two yearsexperience in youth activities, sufficient understanding of GCED issues and priorities, and proven experiences of influencing change at the local or national levels.

Attending participants will be asked to identify specific priority issues around GCED and youth leadership in achieving SDG 4.7. Working both individually and in groups, the young leaders will expand on these topics, devising goals and strategies for use at local and national levels. Participants will also engage in information sessions and workshops at the training to support them in this task, on areas such as Advocacy tools to build GCED strategies,and SDG 4.7 and GCED youth leadership.

Applications for the Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED must be submitted before 25 May 2016(EST). Successful applicants will be notified by 3 June 2016. Travel and local expenses will be covered for all successful applicants (Domestic flights and visa fees will not be covered).

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APCEIU 안과밖2016.04.29 15:58


APCEIU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chungcheongnamdo Office of Education (COE) on 20 April 2016 at the latter’s Policy Board Room for mutual cooperation of both parties.

Through this MOU, the two organizations have agreed to work together in promoting Global Citizenship Education (GCED), as well as through multicultural education, in the various areas, including ▲ Capacity building of educators ▲ Operation of pilot schools and programmes ▲ Co-organization of forums and related events ▲ International teacher exchange and overall cooperation on the areas as agreed upon.

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APCEIU 안과밖2016.04.29 15:42


From the 20th to 22nd April 2016, APCEIU held a Kick-off Meeting to launch the GCED Curriculum Development and Integration project. International participants from various partner organizations had gathered in support of the three-year project involving the following participating countries—Cambodia, Colombia, Mongolia and Uganda.

The project, starting this year, aims to promote GCED in the curriculum development and integration of the four countries as well as to provide institutional framework and build capacity for sustainable implementation of GCED. With an aim of providing tailored assistance, situational analysis of the respective countries will be carried out to assess the different needs, which will go hand-in-hand with capacity-building workshops to complement the research and development process.

Participants of the meeting included key personnel from the Ministry of Education, research institutes, UNESCO regional & field offices/ UNESCO National Commissions and academia of the respective countries whom will take on roles as main partners and researchers of the project. A three-year plan and vision of the project were discussed over the roundtable particularly on the strategies for the first year.

In addition, prior to the Kick-off Meeting, a preliminary consultation was held with Renato Opertti, Senior Programme Specialist of UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE), which will be in charge of overall research and situational analysis of the project, while having intensive discussions on details of the methodology, goals and direction of the situational analysis.

The agenda of the Kick-off Meeting was as follows:
• Introduction to the GCED Curriculum Development and Integration project
• In-depth discussion to concretize the project implementation plans for each participating country
• Review of mechanism for delivery and monitoring of national curriculum and challenges/opportunities for the project
• Sharing of key documents as references for research purposes
• Delegation of responsibilities and roles for local capacity-building workshops
This meeting was able to reaffirm on-going effort of GCED advocacy in the participating countries and secure continuous partnership between APCEIU and the relevant institutions for the next three years.

A total of 15 delegations from the four participating countries—Cambodia, Colombia, Mongolia and Uganda, IBE and APCEIU took part in the meeting. The list of the representatives from the four participating countries is as follows:

- Cambodia
  · Mok Sarom (Deputy Director General, Directorate General of Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport)
  · Khieu Vicheanon (Deputy Director General of Inspectorate, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport)
  · Or Siem (Director of Curriculum Development Department, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport)
- Colombia
  · Ana Maria Velasquez Niño (Associate Professor School of Education, Universidad de los Andes)
  · Cecilia Barbieri (Senior Education Specialist, UNESCO Santiago Office, Chile)
- Mongolia
  · Tuya Narantuya (Head, External Cooperation Division, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)
  · Begz Nadmid (Team Leader, Mongolian Child Development Research Team, Mongolian Education Research Institute)
- Uganda
  · Rosie Agoi (Acting Secretary-General, Uganda National Commission for UNESCO)
  · Patrice Ssembirige (Curriculum Specialist (Social studies), National Curriculum Development Centre)


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APCEIU 안과밖2016.04.21 11:37


APCEIU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Institute for Central Asian Studies on 19 April 2016 at APCEIU for the mutual cooperation of both parties. Through this agreement, the two organizations will collaborate in the following areas:

▲ Collaboration on promoting cultural diversity in education by implementing projects in the fields of the Silk Road and the Global Citizenship Education (GCED) through research, training and awareness raising ▲ Co-organization of the relevant international meetings, workshops, and seminars ▲ Overall cooperation in implementing projects on the fields of the Silk Road and GCED.

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APCEIU 안과밖2016.04.11 11:55



Launched in 2012, the Asia-Pacific Teacher Exchange for Global Education has grown into a well-recognized bilateral teacher exchange programme between the Republic of Korea and other Asia-Pacific countries. The Programme 2016 was also launched, organized by APCEIU and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea, in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and culture of Indonesia, the Ministry of Education of Malaysia, the Ministry of education and Science of Mongolia, the Department of Education of the Philippines, the Ministry of Education of Thailand and the Ministry of Education and Training of Viet Nam.

From March 29th to 31th 2016, as the kickoff meeting with partner organizations, '2016 Asia-Pacific Teacher Exchange Programme' consultation meeting was held at APCEIU and Marriott Hotel. This meeting, attended by eight delegates from four partner countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia and Thailand, aimed to share evaluation of the past Programme and explore a better path to implement the Programme in 2016. The meeting was particularly meaningful as it provided a venue for four partner countries to gather and learn from each other.

Director ROH Jin-Young of Education ODA and Mobility Team from the Korean Ministry of Education and Director CHUNG Utak of APCEIU graced the occasion by delivering the welcoming remarks.  Ms. Tuya Narantuya, the Head of External Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Education and Science (MECS), Mongolia and Ms. Oyuntungalag, the Vice Director of Institute of Teacher's Professional Development (ITPD), Ms. Dian Wahyuni Soenardi, the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Education and Culture(MOEC) Indonesia, Ms. Siti Mariam, the Assistant Director of the Ministry of Education(MOE), Malaysia and Ms. Darakorn Phensiri, a foreign relations officer from the Ministry of Education (MOE), Thailand contributed to lead a successful meeting with their active participation. 

On 29 March, the delegation from each country shared their own unique experiences and know-hows to seek possible ways to bring about an improved Programme this year. Especially, the participants enjoyed watching a video clip including the activities of the exchange teachers at various countries and the reaction of the students in classrooms all over the Asia-Pacific region. The meeting reminded the participants of the necessity and importance of the Programme.

On the following days, the details of each country’s meeting agenda were discussed and the feedbacks were shared. Culture-experiencing activities, such as watching the traditional performance in the Korea House and visiting Namsan Tower, was another important part of the Programme.

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EIU in the world2016.04.07 14:06


The consultation meeting took place at UNESCO Headquarters, on 21-22th March, and international experts in education and in the prevention of violent extremism around the world gathered to share experiences and advise to develop the document of the technical guide. The guide will be designed to guide policy-makers of ministries of education to plan and implement the effective and appropriate education-based activities that can deal with the main issues of violent extremism. Also, A Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism, a publication made for educators, will be complemented.

The meeting highlighted the role and responsibilities of the educator sector on the topic of prevention of violent extremism, by providing realistic and pragmatic guidelines to policy-makers. To be addressed in the guide, critical issues, such as specific responsibilities of teachers, key skills and competencies that can against violent extremism and effective ways that educational stakeholders and other sectors of society can participate in prevention, were discussed.

This technical guide will be used as a policy tool in the education sectors based on world contexts, and the first draft will be finalized during the Global Meeting on Prevention of Violent Extremism, which will be held in September 2016.


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33th Session of the UNESCO Generral Conference(3-18, November 2015) reaffirmed the Organization's role in the fight against violent extremism and in taking forwrd the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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EIU in the world2016.03.30 09:21

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for increased global efforts toward eliminating racial discrimination. Since the agreement of 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance was adopted in Durban, South Africa, challenges and achievements that have been progressed were underscored in this year.

According to the message of the UN Secretary General, the world has undoubtedly strived to ensure non-discrimination and human rights in various ways, by introducing “new laws and safeguards, and establishing new institutions.” With this movement, civil society organizations started to work actively and vigorously, reinforcing the protection of human rights and preventing from discrimination.

However, he cited that the global efforts against discrimination are not yet enough, as we witness “a surge of intolerance, racist views and hate-driven violence”, listing racial profiling, violence against certain communities, and hostility toward minorities. He added that those sentiments toward “anti-refugee, anti-migrant, and anti-Muslim bigotry” result in violence and attacks, warning that Durban Declaration and Programme of Action is being weakened by political expediency. Highlighting the value of human rights and dignity for all, he also asked for “implementation of the framework, which can uplift not only those who suffer most profoundly but humanity as a whole.”  

On that day, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that building “the defenses against racism and intolerance in the minds of every individual and within common institutions” is crucial to stand against racial discrimination. She mentioned that UNESCO emphasizes global citizenship education to foster International understanding, critical thinking and intercultural dialogue “to counter this evil”, which impedes peace and undermines the social cohesion within multicultural societies. 


UN News center: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53501#.Vvn_itKLSUk

Photo: UN Photo/John Isaac

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APCEIU 안과밖2016.03.21 09:21


Consultation meeting on ‘2016 Asia-Pacific Teacher Exchange for Global Education’ took place on 8-9 March at Haeundae Grand Hotel in Busan. Around 130 people attended the meeting, including Ms. Myung-soon Kang, a vice superintendent of Busan Metropolitan Office of Education, officials from Ministry of Education(MOE), Metropolitan and Provincial Offices of Education(MPOE), and representatives from Korean host schools. 

This consultation meeting was held to introduce the detailed plan on ‘2016 Asia-Pacific Teacher Exchange for Global Education’ programme and to call for the officials’ support. Starting from the opening ceremony, the two-day meeting consisted of a special lecture on enhancing global competency, sharing project outcomes of 2015 and future plans of 2016, and a consultation meeting for MPOE officials as well as for Korean host schools. At the special lecture, Ms. A-ram Huh, the founder and chairperson of Indigo Book Company, delivered a presentation on ‘A small lecture for global citizens’ and shared the ideas on global citizenship in a multicultural society.

Representatives of Korean host schools, who participated in this consultation meeting, were principals, vice-principals, matching teachers and administrators who will host the teachers from Vietnam, the Philippines, Mongolia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia starting from this April. They were briefed on what to prepare before the foreign exchange teachers start their educational activities in Korea. Especially, representatives from newly participating Korean host schools had a chance to understand the purpose and details of this programme through a Q&A session. The MOE, in the meanwhile, informed the MPOE officials of the guideline on the selection process and the duties of Korean exchange teachers who will be dispatched abroad.



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APCEIU 자료실2016.03.17 09:40

64 teachers who have successfully completed the Capacity-Building Workshop for GCED Lead Teachers from 15th February to 19th February 2016 were appointed as the 2nd batch of Korean GCED Lead Teachers on 19th February. Composed of primary and secondary teachers from 17 cities and provinces, the Lead Teachers are expected to play a pivotal role in spreading and settling GCED in educational fields. 

유네스코 아태교육원에서 실시된 세계시민교육 중앙 선도교사 역량강화 연수를 성공적으로 수료한 64명의 교사들이 제2기 세계시민교육 중앙 선도교사로 위촉되었다. 이들은 전국 17개 시도에서 선발된 초중등 교사들로, 향후 학교 현장에서 세계시민교육의 확산과 정착을 위해 중추적인 역할을 담당할 것으로 기대된다.

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