East Asia Regional Conference on System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results, Bali, Indonesia
The East Asia Regional Conference on System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results (SABER) will be held in Bali, Indonesia, 6-8 June 2011.
The Conference will focus on the key elements of education that drive improved economic outcomes.
The conference marks the culmination of the System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results (SABER) pilot in East Asia, carried out by the World Bank with the collaboration of UNESCO.
Policy makers from each of the participating 14 economies will be nominated to attend. As the design of the conference is focused on exchanging country experiences, nominated participants will be required to have a sound understanding of country-specific policies and practices so as to share these with other participants.
The conference objectives are to provide a forum for key decision and policy makers from East Asia to: (a) exchange policies and practices and (b) identify the policy reforms needed to improve education quality.
Hosts and Sponsors
Led and hosted by the Government of Indonesia’s Ministry of National Education, supported by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the European Commission’s Basic Education Capacity Trust Fund, the Education Program Development Fund, the Government of Korea, the Asian Development Bank, the Russia Education Aid for Development program, and the United Kingdom.
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Improving education quality remains a major challenge for governments. As a result, the World Bank, in close collaboration with UNESCO and funding from the Government of Korea, set up a multi-year program to provide guidance to policy makers on improving quality by benchmarking their education systems.
This program, entrenched in the World Bank's forthcoming Education Sector Strategy, Learning for All: Investing in People’s Knowledge and Skills to Promote Development, is known as SABER (System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results). SABER enables comparisons with high performing countries on the relevant policies and practices related to learning outcomes.
Eight areas were benchmarked:
- Assessment Systems
- Effective Teacher Policies
- Education Management Information Systems
- School Autonomy and Accountability
- Engaging the Private Sector
- Vocational Tracking
- ICT in Education
- Tertiary Education
The application of the benchmarking instruments allow countries to map their policies and achievements in comparison with others in the region and beyond in terms of system performance and system health.
In addition to keynote presentations on SABER, education for development, successful education reforms, and others, participants will be invited to register for parallel "Exchanging Country Experiences" sessions.
Round Table Discussions
These sessions will take the form of round table discussions. A best practice country will be identified from the pilot. The policy maker representing that country will present the policies and practices relevant to that country. Each country will then exchange information about policies and practices relevant to the session and share current challenges and reforms.
Indicators from the East Asia SABER pilot will provide the structure for this exchange. This will be followed by open discussion to maximize the opportunity for policy makers to dialogue about past and planned reforms. Pre-conference guidance to facilitate discussion preparation will be provided.
|Speaker Biographies || |
|Albert Motivans||Head, Education Indicators and Data Analysis, UNESCO Institute for Statistics|
|Andreas Schleicher||Head of the Indicators and Analysis Division, OECD |
|Cecilia María Vélez White||Former Minister of Education, Colombia; Graduate School of Education, Harvard University |
|Eduardo Velez Bustillo||Sector Manager, Education, East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank|
|Elizabeth M. King||Education Director, Human Development Network, World Bank|
|Emilio Ernesto Porta||Senior Education Specialist, Human Development Network, World Bank|
|Emmanuel Jimenez||Sector Director, Human Development, East Asia and the Pacific Region, World Bank|
|Ethel Agnes Valenzuela||Research Specialist and Head, Research Studies Unit, SEAMEO INNOTECH|
|F. Halsey Rogers||Lead Economist, Human Development Network, World Bank|
|Gustavo Arcia||Senior Economist, Analítica LLC |
|Gwang-Jo Kim ||Director, UNESCO Office Bangkok/Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education|
|Harry Anthony Patrinos||Lead Education Economist, Human Development Network, World Bank|
|H.E. Im Sethy||Minister of Education Youth and Sport, Cambodia |
|Jamil Salmi||Lead Education Specialist, Human Development Network, World Bank|
|Jerzy Wiśniewski||Former Ministry of Education, Poland |
|Jouko Sarvi||Advisor/Practice Leader for Education, ADB |
|Keiichi Ogawa||Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University|
|Kevin Macdonald||Economist, Human Development Network, World Bank|
|Laura Lewis||Senior Consultant, CfBT|
|Mae Chu Chang||Lead Education Specialist, East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank |
|Marguerite Clarke||Senior Education Specialist, Human Development Network, World Bank|
|Norman LaRocque||Senior Education Specialist, ADB|
|Robin Horn||Education Sector Manager, Human Development Network, World Bank|
|Rong Wang||Professor, China Institute for Educational Finance Research, Peking University |
|Shanti Jagannathan||Education Specialist, ADB |
|Sungmin Park||Senior Education Specialist, Human Development Network, World Bank|
|Tae-Wan Kim||President, KEDI, Korea|
|Takako Yuki||Human Development Department, JICA|