Hi, everyone. I am the UNESCO APCEIU supporter Kim Hee-sun.

Today, I want to introduce myself briefly to you. I decided to apply for UNESCO APCEIU supporter because since I was little, I have been interested in international organizations and I have been utilizing my SNSs such as Naver Blog and Facebook actively. It is such an honor for me to pass a keen competition and become the UNESCO APCEIU supporter.     

Currently, I am running a Naver Blog named 'Sentimental Sketch Of Kimvely' which is filled with records of my daily lives, reviews of every kind, and my English essays. There are articles written by me that were published on the Korea Herald. Welcome to my blog where I will be updating a variety of news and information related to UNESCO APCEIU.

 I am majoring in international studies in Ewha Womans University. My speciality is learning diverse foreign languages. Ever since I was little, I always felt happy whenever I learned various foreign languages. Han Bi-ya, who is an international rescue activist and a professor at Ewha Womans University once mentioned that people should do something what makes their heart beat, and I am sure that learning foreign languages is what makes my heart beat. Thanks to my particular affection for learning diverse foreign languages, I became capable of having a command of five languages : English, Chinese, Spanish, French, and Korean.  




Since I was in high school, I participated in a variety of activities in order to broaden my perspective. I took part not only in school activities but also in extracurricular activities. I worked as a junior coordinator in 'KOICA' (Korea International Cooperation Agency) and did voluntary service that helped interpretation of trainees and worked as a translation mate in 'Compassion' and played a role of a bridge between sponsors and children. I was able to convey dream and hope to the children. And at the moment, I am working as the UNESCO APCEIU and a team leader in UN Public Service Forum Supporters. I will work hard to live up to everyone's expectations.


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Although Kazakhstan already had remarkable achievements in the formal education sector, many improvements are required in other areas. Here is where regional Community Learning Centers take part in order to make a difference.

Formal Educational Achievements
The education system in Kazakhstan has been strengthened under the belief that it plays a key role in rebuilding a politically and economically stable society. As such, Kazakhstan shows its strength in the formal education sector. In 2011, the country ranked fourth out of 127 in UNESCO’s Education for All Development Index (EDI). EDI is a composite index that indicates the general achievement of a country’s education system. Four EFA goals are measured and counted. They include universal primary education (Goal 2), adult literacy (Goal 4), gender parity and equality (Goal 5), and quality of education (Goal 6). Kazakhstan’s achievements in every section are far above the world average and its regional neighbors in Central Asia. Furthermore, Kazakhstan holds a youth literacy rate of 99.8%, which is the highest in the Central Asian region.
Despite the achievements in public formal education, the country still has many areas to improve such as computer access and education, technical education and adult education. Because those are left out of formal education, CLCs currently take part in projects to educate its residents.
Community Learning Centers (CLCs)
Community Learning Centers (CLCs) were built since 2003 to provide practical education programmes to a wide range of community members. Because the government’s education policy is focused on child education, community members established CLCs under the financial support of UNESCO and the supervision of the local NGO Association Education for All (EFA) Kazakhstan in order to meet the learning demands of people and areas often neglected by the government.
Currently, there are a total of seven CLCs, and they are located in Amanbokter, Karbala, Kordai, Nogaibai, Sortobe, Karaganda, and Taraz.
Goals of CLCs
The objectives of CLCs are:
- To empower local people to be self-reliant
- To improve citizens’ quality of life
- To stimulate community development
- To identify and address the various needs of the community
- To mobilize community resources and human capital


Programme Evaluation

According to UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), education programmes run by CLCs often include computer literacy, health education, sewing, carpentry, foreign language, pre-professional training and community enrichment programmes for the entire community.
Programme evaluation was conducted internally by the CLC committee, and externally by the supporting NGO Association EFA Kazakhstan.
CLCs reported positive achievements of its objectives by improving personal capacities, community business skills, and knowledge on hygiene and health as well as empowerment of marginalized groups, widespread of modern technology, modernization of attitudes, and participation in local governance. Moreover, 99% of the sample group of participants showed their satisfaction about the quality and content of the programme.
However, limitations were also detected according to “Sustainability of Community Learning Centers: Community Ownership and Support”, a report by UNESCO UIL and UNESCO Bangkok Office.
First, there is an issue of financial instability. Despite high demands for CLCs, funding is insufficient to expand programmes and activities to meet residents’ educational needs. In addition, five CLCs in Kazakhstan are not registered as non-profit organizations, and they are still taxed as profit-seeking organizations.
Second, majority of the heads in CLCs remain as passive recipients, not actively reacting about the programmes. CLCs need active leaders who can develop and strategically spread programmes that are really needed by residents.
Finally, there are no specific measurement criteria that evaluate the effectiveness of CLCs although CLCs are conducting a general evaluation and monitoring of their programmes. It is necessary to demonstrate effectiveness by using objective statistical results to clearly identify the results of the projects.

[APCEIU Supporter Kim Sujin]


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