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East Asia Regional Conference on System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results, Bali, Indonesia


Conference Updates

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.


Related Resources

SABER East Asia Report, Dec. 2011 (9.34MB)

Press release 

SABER: System Assessment & Benchmarking for Education Results

Education Strategy 2020

First East Asia Regional Conference [June 2010, Singapore]

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.


For more information, please contact Hana Yoshimoto at 

Background Materials

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:

  1. Assessment Systems
  2. Effective Teacher Policies
  3. Education Management Information Systems
  4. School Autonomy and Accountability
  5. Engaging the Private Sector
  6. Vocational Tracking
  7. ICT in Education
  8. 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.


Download Agenda

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.

Speakers' Bios

Speaker Biographies 
Albert MotivansHead, Education Indicators and Data Analysis, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Andreas SchleicherHead of the Indicators and Analysis Division, OECD 
Cecilia María Vélez WhiteFormer Minister of Education, Colombia; Graduate School of Education, Harvard University 
Eduardo Velez BustilloSector Manager, Education, East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank
Elizabeth M. KingEducation Director, Human Development Network, World Bank
Emilio Ernesto PortaSenior Education Specialist, Human Development Network, World Bank
Emmanuel JimenezSector Director, Human Development, East Asia and the Pacific Region, World Bank
Ethel Agnes ValenzuelaResearch Specialist and Head, Research Studies Unit, SEAMEO INNOTECH
F. Halsey RogersLead Economist, Human Development Network, World Bank
Gustavo ArciaSenior Economist, Analítica LLC 
Gwang-Jo Kim  Director, UNESCO Office Bangkok/Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
Harry Anthony PatrinosLead Education Economist, Human Development Network, World Bank
H.E. Im SethyMinister of Education Youth and Sport, Cambodia 
Jamil SalmiLead Education Specialist, Human Development Network, World Bank
Jerzy WiśniewskiFormer Ministry of Education, Poland 
Jouko SarviAdvisor/Practice Leader for Education, ADB 
Keiichi OgawaProfessor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University
Kevin MacdonaldEconomist, Human Development Network, World Bank
Laura LewisSenior Consultant, CfBT
Mae Chu ChangLead Education Specialist, East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank 
Marguerite ClarkeSenior Education Specialist, Human Development Network, World Bank
Norman LaRocqueSenior Education Specialist, ADB
Robin HornEducation Sector Manager, Human Development Network, World Bank
Rong WangProfessor, China Institute for Educational Finance Research, Peking University 
Shanti JagannathanEducation Specialist, ADB 
Sungmin ParkSenior Education Specialist, Human Development Network, World Bank
Tae-Wan KimPresident, KEDI, Korea
Takako YukiHuman Development Department, JICA

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