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Enhance Human Capital Through Education And Cooperation: Minister

Saturday, 11 June 2022, 5:38 amPress Release: APEC Issued by the APEC Human Resources Development...

Issued by the APEC Human Resources Development Working
Group

Bangkok, Thailand, 10 June
2022

Education officials and experts from the 21
APEC member economies deliberated over the future of
education as well as policy directions to enhance the
quality of education for a sustainable economy, while making
the best use of technology advancement and digitalization in
education.

Thailand’s Minister of Education Treenuch
Thienthong addressed delegates at the annual meeting of the
Education Network (EDNET) associated with the APEC
Human Resources Development Working Group
, held
virtually and in person on 11 and 12 May.

“We are
aware that cultivating human capital through education is a
critical component to ensure long-term economic growth,”
Minister Treenuch said in her opening remarks. “Thailand
is pleased to continue our cooperation with APEC member
economies to ensure that learning never stops and no one is
left behind.”

She reaffirmed Thailand’s commitment
in working closely with economies to build a strong
community that supports sustainable economic growth, social
wellbeing and employability of all citizens in APEC
economies.

According to Minister Treenuch, APEC
provides member economies with an ideal platform of
experience sharing to further promote quality education for
all and strengthen education cooperation to achieve the
theme of the education network meeting this year:
Quality Education for Sustainable
Growth.”

Education ministers from nine APEC
member economies (Brunei Darussalam; Chile; Indonesia;
Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; the Philippines; Singapore;
and Thailand) shared their vision through video remarks
about how the region can rethink and reshape education by
2030.

Ministers shared how they addressed concerns and
priorities of education development in their respective
economies, as well as in the APEC region. This includes how
digitalization and innovation are changing the education
landscape, and how the role of teachers and school leaders
are evolving with this development.

“The insights
and perspectives of education ministers shed light on the
future path of education development in each of their own
economies and in the APEC region at large,” said Dr Wang
Yan, the coordinator of the APEC Human Resources Development
Working Group’s Education Network.

“People matter,
and the way they acquire the ability to live better lives
will have a huge impact on what we envision our future will
be: inclusive, sustainable and resilient,” she added. “I
believe that we can make a real difference if we pay more
attention to education and push for progress in
APEC.”

Officials also heard views from stakeholders,
including chancellors, principals, and representatives from
the technical and vocational education and training sector.
They talked about lessons learned and best practices
regarding student and provider mobility, the learning
environment in a digital world, as well as solutions to
bridging skills mismatches, taking into account the future
of work.

“While the APEC region has recorded many
achievements in the last three decades, the pandemic is
exacerbating persistent challenges related to access to
education, skills and the ability for us to develop our
human resources for the future of work,” said Duriya
Amatavivat, co-chair of the network. “Education is a
crucial tool in confronting current and future human capital
challenges by building a stronger, capable and more
resilient generation.”

Delegates also heard views on
the future of education and how regional cooperation can
help reshape the education agenda from other international
organizations such as the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Southeast
Asian Ministers of Education Organization, and the ASEAN
Secretariat.

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