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亚洲教育北京论坛倡议书
来源:博鳌亚洲论坛      发布时间:2013-12-16 09:41:51     浏览次数:291857次

 今天,我们共聚中国北京,以发展的眼光审视亚洲教育的现状与前景,从区域经济一体化的角度分析教育对亚洲经济长期可持续发展和社会共同进步的重大战略意 义。我们深刻地认识到:一、 经济的快速增长需要高素质人力资源近年来,人口众多的亚洲经济发展速度为世界瞩目,但是,其教育发展水平却很不均衡。随着该 地区经贸往来日益增加,区域经济一体化的趋势初见端倪,对各类教育和人才需求日益迫切。发展教育的重要作用已在亚洲地区达成广泛共识,同时,人们也认识 到,人口素质的全面提高是一项艰巨而长期的任务,需要共同的努力才能完成。二、 进一步加强再教育并向教育弱势群体提供机遇亚洲各国经济、文化、教育资 源、以及社会发展目标存在着多样性。尽管各国在教育发展上取得了一定进展,但地区内合作机制的不足,限制了该地区整体教育水平的提高。随着知识经济时代的 到来,教育对提升一个地区国际竞争力的决定性作用越来越突出。面对知识经济的重大机遇与严峻挑战,亚洲国家急需整合教育资源,增进沟通与理解,以求在日益 激烈的全球竞争中把握机遇,争取主动。因此,迫切要求亚洲各国加强区域教育合作,建立区域教育合作的有效机制。三、 加强与亚洲区域其他教育机制的交流与 合作亚洲国家有着比较相近的地缘背景和文化传统,面临着一些共同关注的问题。教育作为解决这些问题的重要途径,得到了来自地区内乃至国际上越来越多的支 持。因此,构筑该地区教育领域的合作与交流平台,不但是必要的,而且是可行的。

    基于以上共识,我们共同倡议发起亚洲教育北京论坛,启动各种提案构想的细化工作,并确立以下目标:

    一、 近 期目标为亚洲教育以及关心亚洲教育的公共部门和私人部门的学者、政策制定者、以及教育从业者等人士建立合作与交流平台,定期举办会议,组织重大课题的研 究,集思广益,探讨和追踪普遍关心的教育问题以及亚洲在新世纪发展中面临的重大问题。为亚洲的合作协调、人才培养、经济发展、社会进步提供一些权威性的报 告和有实际意义的解决方案。二、 合作磋商与亚洲区域现有的论坛进行合作,建立政府相关部门间磋商机制,及时研究和研讨各国教育发展面临的挑战和问题,交 流经验,寻找可行性的解决方案。三、 教育交流在允许的条件下,通过学者交流、学历学分互认、设立奖学金、建立亚洲教育网络合作平台、开展咨询、系统性的 行业评估等多种方式,充分利用各国教育资源,并努力为亚洲各国学生、学者、教师,以及其他教育资源在地区之间的交流创造条件。四、 财务安排寻求通过研 究、培训、募集资金、开展合作等方式努力为亚洲经济发展、科技进步及人才培养提供财力与智力的支持和服务的可行性。五、 拓展领域努力开展各种教育文化交 流活动,积极开拓教育合作的领域和空间,为亚洲教育寻求新的发展途径。

    我们深信,这一倡议符合亚洲国家和地区的共同愿望:希望教 育更有活力,更具关联性和质量更高;提高亚洲部份地区贫困儿童的基础教育入学率;加强终身学习社会发展,以帮助大众适应不断变化的工作环境。为此我们提请 本次论坛组委会对现有相关资源进行更深入的调查和评估,找出不足,想方设法,加以解决。诸如此类的详细提案和工作将提交到明年8月份的亚洲教育论坛年会 上。(本倡议书已经七位发起者共同签署,以英文版为准)              

    2003年12月6日于中国北京

    

                                                      The Initiative

    Meeting of Initiators for an Education Forum for Asia· Beijing 6 December 2003, Beijing, China

    Having participated in the Meeting of Initiators for an Education Forum for Asia·Beijing, and having reviewed the status and prospects of Asian education;

    And bearing in mind the critical links between education and Asia's  long-term economic and social development against the background of regional integration;

    We are fully convinced that: a response is required to:

    1 Respond to the fact that rapid economic growth creates demand for an educated and skilled workforce.

    Asia's unprecedented economic growth in recent years has caused a drastic rise in the need for properly trained and human resources.  The acute shortage of such resources is being felt more and more as Asia faces growing regional integration and interdependence. This problem is further exacerbated because of the huge size of population and the unevenness of Asia's educational performance. Asian countries are fully aware of the importance as well as the difficulty of educational development, which requires concerted efforts across the region.  

    2 Further invest in the educated population and provide opportunity for those communities excluded.

    Among the challenges facing Asian countries are inconsistent levels of economic and educational resource development and diverse cultures that are pursuing different social development goals. Despite the progress that has been made, insufficient regional cooperation mechanisms have restricted overall educational improvement in the region. Moreover, the emergence of a knowledge-based global economy makes it more difficult for Asian nations to compete internationally. These challenges clearly show that countries in the Asian region need to consolidate their educational resources in order to maintain global competitiveness. The most effective way to accomplish this is to develop an effective intra-regional cooperation mechanism which will enhance communication and mutual understanding;

    3 Improve communication and cooperation through education mechanisms across the region.

    As Asian countries share related geographic features and cultural heritages, they also share many common concerns.  Education, as an important solution to these concerns, has acquired more and more attention from both inside and outside the region.  Thus, it is both necessary and feasible to set up an education-oriented cooperation and communications platform in the region, by the region, and for the region. 

    Thus, we have undertaken to start an initiative to establish an Education Forum for Asia-Beijing and to begin detailed planning to achieve the following objectives:

    1. Professional Development 

    To assist education professionals and academics, policy makers and practitioners, in both the public and private sectors, in exploring and studying issues that are critical for education development and implementation in Asia, and to come up with authoritative and workable solutions through the holding of annual conferences;

    2. Consultation Processes

    In collaboration with existing regional cooperation forums, to provide education policy-makers in the region with an informal consultation mechanism.  This mechanism will be a venue for exchanging information, experience, and views regarding challenges and problems facing their countries and the region for the purpose of identifying workable solutions;    

    3. Educational Exchange

    To develop supportive conditions for communication and exchange among students, teachers, and scholars in the region for  optimal use of the available educational resources, where applicable or appropriate to the practice of each country. Such communication and exchange may be done in the form of scholarship exchange programs, mutual recognition of academic credentials and credits, award of scholarships, the creation of a virtual network and clearing house for information, consultation services, and the systematic assessment of educational quality;

    4. Financial Arrangements

    To explore the feasibility to offer financial and intellectual support and services to institutions and processes promoting economic development, scientific and technological advancement, and talent cultivation in the region by means of training, research, fund raising and cooperation;

    5. Exhibition

    To organize various cultural and educational exchange events for constructive expansion of educational cooperation mechanisms and opportunities, and for identification of new ways and means of education cooperation in Asia. 

    We believe such an Initiative will respond to rising expectations shared in the whole region for a) more relevant, more dynamic, and higher quality education; b)improved access to basic education by poorer children in some regions of Asia; c)further identification and development of lifelong learning opportunities that assist populations to adjust to the rapidly changing work environment.

    To help ensure this happens, we urge the Forum organizers to more clearly map out and assess relevant existing resources and institutions in the region; identify gaps; and explore a variety of mechanisms, which might be established and strengthened in the region to fill the gaps. Specific proposals shall be shared with an advisory committee composed of initiators and Forum organizers to be presented for further discussion at the next Asian Annual Conference in August 2004.      

    It is with these convictions that we approve this initiative in principle, by affixing our signatures hereon, on December 6th, 2003, in Beijing, PRC.

    Signed 

    Fidel V. Ramos 

    Former President, Philippines 

    _________________________

    Signed

    Lee SooSung

    Former Premier, Korea

    _________________________

    Signed 

    Kirti Nidhi Bista 

    Former PM, Nepal 

    _________________________

    Signed

    Jenny Shipley

    Former PM, New Zealand

    _________________________

    Signed 

    Sheldon Shaeffer

    Director, UNESCO Bangkok, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

    (On behalf of UNESCO)

    _________________________

    

    Signed

    Sadykhan Bekbergenoy

    (On behalf of Sergey Terechshenko, Former PM, Kazakstan)

    __________________________

    

    Signed 

    Vitor Ng

    Chairman of Macao Foundation, Macao, China 

    _______________________

    

    Initiators of the Education Forum for Asia-Beijing