13th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

13th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting

5 October, 2021 (Part 2), hosted by RCE Kyrgyzstan - Registrations Open & Call for Abstracts

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The 13th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting will consist of two parts and be hosted by RCE Kyrgyzstan under the theme of 'Building Capacity for Sustainability'. The first part was divided into four online sessions starting on 10 September, 2020 followed by 24 September, 8 October, and 22 October, 2020. The second part of this regional meeting will be held online on 5 October, 2021 under the theme 'SDGs and ESD for 2030 Framework: Local actions during COVID-19 Pandemic'. The outline of Part 1 (online sessions) of the 13th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting can be viewed here. **Registrations are now open, and the call for abstracts has also been announced. See below for details**

The Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting will provide a regional platform to discuss, debate and launch activities that reinforce the fundamental role that education plays in achieving a sustainable future in the region. The meeting also aims to take stock of regional initiatives, including the role of ESD in implementing sustainable development on the ground in the Asia-Pacific region.

Read more about Part 1 of the event in this article, or view the full report prepared by RCE Kyrgyzstan here.  


5 October, 2021


The (tentative) programme can be accessed here

Registration is free for all participants. To register, complete the Registration form and send it to rcekgz@gmail.com and nazira1988.mm@gmail.com by 1 October, 2021.  

Call for Abstracts 
The 13th Asia-Pacific Regional RCE Meeting – Part 2, under the theme 'SDGs and ESD for 2030 Framework: Local actions during COVID-19 Pandemic' will be  held virtually using Zoom. It will include keynote speeches and case study presentations of activities by RCEs in the Asia-Pacific region on real transformation of education from pre- and post- COVID-19 for implementing the ESD for 2030 framework towards achieving the SDGs. 

The case study presentations will link with the priority areas of the ESD for 2030 framework and divided into four categories:
  1. Local actions on advancing policy
  2. Local actions on transforming learning environments
  3. Local actions on building capacities of educators
  4. Local actions on empowering and mobilising youth
The key questions include: 
  • Lessons learned:
    • What are the main lessons RCEs learned during COVID-19?
    • What is the key to realising a fundamental transformation of education from pre- and post- COVID-19 towards achieving the SDGs?
  • Approach: 
    • What has been an effective approach(es) to address issues caused or exacerbated by the pandemic in each strategic priority action area of ESD for 2030?
  • Knowledge sharing and outreach among RCEs:
    • How have the regional and global network contributed to RCE activities at the local level during the pandemic?  
Should you wish to make presentations, please a) submit your project to the RCE Portal and b) submit the completed template to answer the key questions of the Regional Meeting. Details are below.

a) Submitting your project to the RCE Portal 
Please submit details of your project to the RCE Portal ('Create RCE Project'). Instructions can be found on the RCE Portal page: Create RCE Project. Please make sure you have your login details ready (please contact the Global RCE Service Centre if you have forgotten your username or password). A video tutorial is available to guide you through the process.

b) Submitting the template to answer key questions of the Regional Meeting 
Please fill out the template and answer key questions of this regional meeting and send to rcekgz@gmail.com and nazira1988.mm@gmail.com by 25 August, 2021.


  • Wednesday, 25 August, 2021: Submission of your project to the RCE Portal and completed template to apply for case study presentation. (In case there are many applications, the selection committee will review them and select projects to be presented.) 
  • Friday, 1 October, 2021: Registration for the Meeting 

If you have any questions, please contact RCE Kyrgyzstan at rcekgz@gmail.com.



Part 1

1st Online Session

(open to the public)

Thursday 10 September, 2020
11:00-13:00 (Kyrgyzstan Time)

Panel Session: Role of ESD during COVID-19 Pandemic

2nd Online Session

Thursday 24 September, 2020
11:00-13:00 (Kyrgyzstan Time)

AP RCEs Achievements and Collaborative Initiatives in Response to COVID-19

3rd Online Session Thursday 8 October, 2020
11:00-13:00 (Kyrgyzstan Time)

ESD as Learning and Empowerment – Revisiting the AP RCEs' Regional Action Plans

Please download the Action Plan template and fill out in advance to use during the breakout session.

4th Online Session Thursday 22 October, 2020
11:00-13:00 (Kyrgyzstan Time)

Discussion on Emerging Asia Pacific RCEs' Collaborative Initiatives



Presentation Presenter/s
Opening Address from Prof. Abdrakhmanov Tolobek, AKSU Rector Prof. Abdrakhmanov Tolobek, AKSU Rector
Updates from the Global RCE Network: 2019-2020 Dr. Fumiko Noguchi, UNU-IAS
Summary on the 12th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting Mr. Janne Leino, RCE Hangzhou
Role of ESD during COVID-19 Dr. Chinara Sadykova, RCE Kyrgyzstan
Role of ESD during COVID-19 Pandemic Dr. Akio Takemoto, UNU-IAS
Role of ESD during COVID-19 Mr. Mark Manns, UNESCO Bangkok
The Role of RCE of ESD during COVID-19 Pandemic Dr. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, RCE Greater Gombak
RCE Okayama Ms. Naoko Ueno, RCE Okayama


Presentation Presenter/s
Welcome Remarks by АКSU/RCE Kyrgyzstan Dr. Chinara Sadykova, RCE Kyrgyzstan
COVID-19 and Community-based ESD Response Dr. Fumiko Noguchi, UNU-IAS
Activities of RCE Greater Dhaka During COVID-19 Prof. Mohammed Ataur Rahman, RCE Greater Dhaka
RCE Sundarbans - COVID-19: Impacts, Response, and Resilience Prof. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, RCE Sundarbans
ESD Response to COVID-19 Dr. Jeeranuch Sakkhamduang, RCE Greater Phnom Penh
The Gujjars and Bakarwals Pastoralist of Jammu & Kashmir Dr. Abdhesh Kumar Gangwar, RCE Srinagar
ESD Response to COVID-19 Ms. Ravleen Marwah, RCE Chandigarh
ESD Response to COVID-19: Experiences of RCE Jammu Prof. Falendra Kumar Sudan, RCE Jammu
ESD Response to COVID-19 Madam Mukvinder Kaur Sandhu, RCE Kuching
Asia-Pacific RCEs on ESD Response to COVID-19 Prof. Dr. Munirah Ghazali and Dr. Rabiatul Adawiah Ahmad Rashid, RCE Penang
ESD Response to COVID-19 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainal Abidin Sanusi, RCE Greater Gombak
Lessons from COVID-19 Dr. Barry Law, RCE Otago
RCE Cebu presentation Dr. Maria Rosario (Cherry) Piquero-Ballescas, RCE Cebu
ESD Response to COVID-19 Dr. Hyun Soon Bae, RCE Dobong-Gu
ESD Response to COVID-19 Ms. Bomyung Seo, RCE Tongyeong
ESD Action in COVID-19 Era: The Experiences of Bohol Island State University and RCE Bohol Dr. Regucivilla A. Pobar and Dr. Bernabe M. Mijares Jr, RCE Bohol
Xavier University Initiatives to COVID-19 Gail de la Rita, RCE Northern Mindanao
RCE Presentations - Summary Dr. Fumiko Noguchi, UNU-IAS






Presentation Presenter/s
Key Points from the Previous Sessions and Some Inputs for the Way Forward Dr. Fumiko Noguchi, UNU-IAS