MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has vowed to provide “inclusive, equitable and quality" education and "lifelong learning opportunities" to its citizens.
In a declaration issued Saturday, ASEAN member states committed to promote "inclusive education at all levels to eliminate disparities for the vulnerable and marginalized, those with special needs, and out-of-school children and youth."
The 10 countries also vowed to "ensure all girls and boys of ASEAN have access to quality early childhood care and education."
“(The ASEAN agrees) to empower learners to become active promoters of peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable societies by equipping them with knowledge, behaviors, attitudes and values on global citizenship,” the Bangkok declaration read.
The ASEAN said it would enhance equitable access to Technical and Vocational Education and Training and higher education, and urged the application of technology in teaching and learning.