Source: UNESCO International Rural Education Research and Training Center
Editor: Zhang Ze
Recently, supported by Beijing Normal University and Mahidol University of Thailand, UNESCO International Rural Education Research and Training Center ("Nongjiao Center"), Thailand's Mahidol University Asian Language and Culture Research Center, UNESCO Lifelong Institute of Learning jointly organized the “Lancang-Mekong Rivee National Minority Lifelong Learning Research Project and International Symposium on Minority Education” in Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand. More than 20 experts and scholars from five countries including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and China, as well as Malaysia and the Philippines, shared and exchanged national minority education policies, research projects and practical experiences.
With the theme of "Education for Ethnic Groups", this conference explores the inclusive, fair and quality education advocated for the realization of the 2030 education agenda under the framework of the "Lancang-Mekong River Basin Minority Education Research". As well as lifelong learning opportunities for all, the policy environment, knowledge base and ability literacy that countries need to build.
In order to better understand the education and cultural protection of ethnic minorities in Thailand, delegates went to Lopburi for a site visit, visited the local ethnic minority village of Thai Bueng, and conducted in-depth exchanges with village committee members and local residents. From the perspectives of environmental protection, cultural education, economic development and other perspectives to fully understand the development status of this minority group.
On the basis of the research and field visits, the research project team held a working conference on “Lifelong Learning of Minority Nationalities in the Lancang River-Mekong River Basin”, summarizing the progress of the research projects on minority lifelong learning in the Lancang-Mekong River countries, and arranging the deployment of next steps to ensure The project was successfully completed this year and a related report was published jointly with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.