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ERIC Number: ED496358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 58
Abstractor: Author
ISBN: ISBN-9-2922-3096-4
Equivalency Programmes (EPs) for Promoting Lifelong Learning
Haddad, Caroline, Ed.
UNESCO Bangkok
Equivalency programmes (EPs) refers to alternative education programmes that are equivalent to the formal education system in terms of curriculum and certification, policy support mechanisms, mode of delivery, staff training, and other support activities such as monitoring, evaluation and assessment. The development of EPs is potentially an important strategy in achieving EFA (Education for All) goals, side by side with the promotion of lifelong learning. UNESCO Bangkok initiated a project on equivalent programmes within the framework of the Asia Pacific Programme of Education For All (APPEAL) in 2003. Its overall objective was to strengthen synergies between formal and non-formal education as part of national EFA action plans and to promote lifelong learning of disadvantaged populations. The report provides a summary of good practices in equivalency programming in several countries including India, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand and addresses issues of EP planning and implementation. The outcomes of a Regional Workshop on EPs for Promoting Lifelong Learning that took place on 25-29 April 2005 in Manila, Philippines, are summarised. The workshop agenda included sharing of experience, discussion on policy, target groups and delivery mechanisms and related issues such as curriculum development and assessment. A CD-ROM provides the full text of research studies, workshop presentations and reports. Appended are: (1) A Guideline for Preparation of Research Studies on Equivalency Programmes for the Promotion of Lifelong Learning; and (2) List of Participants. [This project has been supported by the Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) and the UNESCO Regular Programme Budget. Accompanying CD-ROM is not available from ERIC.]
UNESCO Bangkok. Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, P.O. Box 967, Prakhanong Post Office, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. Tel: +66-2-3910577; Fax: +66-2-3910866; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Bangkok (Thailand).
Identifiers - Location: India; Indonesia; Philippines; Thailand