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IBE to lead a side event at the World Education Forum in Korea

As we are reaching the 2015 deadline for the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goal (MDGs), leaders, governments, and education actors from the four corners of our planet are meeting for the World Education Forum (WEF) in Korea. UNESCO will be leading the way at the WEF, in collaboration with six co-conveners, to build a powerful new education agenda that will transform lives.

The IBE, as a contribution to UNESCO's lead, will have the privilege of organizing a side event.


IBE side event: Repositioning Curriculum in Education Quality & Development-Relevance

Curriculum needs to be understood not as a stack of subject syllabi and the associated textbooks, teacher guides and timetables, but as the means through which education supports development, holistic and sustainable. For reforms to be effective, the curriculum should reflect a society’s shared vision of education while taking into account local, national and global needs and expectations. It should be based on multi-stakeholder discussions that seek common understandings and political and social consensus.
The central role of curriculum must be at the heart of the post-2015 education and development landscape. Yet, what is needed is a root-and-branch audit, assessment and evaluation of the curriculum, in terms of its purpose, content and associated skills and values, in every country that is serious in its commitment to achieving the targets associated with SDG 4 and the entire post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda.
The principal guiding questions would be why and how: 

  • does curriculum matter for quality education?
  • does curriculum matter for the effective realization of SDG 4, and in the commitment to the post-2015 development goals in their entirety?”




Ms Camilla Croso

Ms Camilla CrosoCamilla Croso is the President of Global Campaign for Education since 2011 and Coordinator of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) since 2006, a network with members from across the region. She graduated from the University of São Paulo in 1994 and received masters on Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics in 1998.





Ms Mmantsetsa Marope, Director IBE

Ms Mmantsetsa MaropeDr. Mmantsetsa Marope assumed the role of Director of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) on 15 July 2014. Previously, she held several posts at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris including the Director of the Division for Basic to Higher Education and Learning. 


Mr Jan van den Akker

Mr Jan van den AkkerJan van den Akker is Director General of SLO (Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development). Besides, he is Professor Emeritus in the domain of Curriculum Design and Implementation at the University of Twente and a member of the Netherlands UNESCO committee.


Mr Khalifa Ali AlSuwaidi

Mr Khalifa Ali AlSuwaidiDr. Khalifa Ali Alsuwaidi is a Representative of the Hamdan Award Board of Trustees in the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize and Permanent Jury (UAE) and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction of the Faculty of Education, at the United Arab Emirates University.