Overview of the Education Network (EDNET)
Education activities in APEC are primarily carried out through the Education Network (EDNET), which is part of APEC's Human Resources Development Working Group. The goal of the APEC's education activities is to foster strong and vibrant learning systems across APEC member economies, promote education for all, and strengthen the role of education in promoting social, individual, economic and sustainable development.
EDNET was created at the 1st APEC Education Ministers Meeting (AEMM) in Washington, DC in August 1992. Education Ministers from 14 APEC economies established the Education Forum within the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) to coordinate education activities. The Education Forum was reorganized in 2000 and renamed the Education Network (EDNET).
The 5th AEMM was held in Gyeongju, Korea from 21-23 May 2012, where the ministers discussed topics ranging from regional innovation, ICT use in education, and skills for economic growth.
The 5th APEC Education Ministerial Meeting was held 21-23 May 2012 in Gyeongju, Korea and the EDNET updated its themes priority areas accordingly:
- Globalization - The APEC goal of regional economic integration will create a pool of resources and skilled labor to attract and nurture business development, including mathematics, science and language education, and CTE.
- Innovation - To move toward full participation in a knowledge-based economy, all students will need innovative use of ICT in education and teacher quality so that they will be prepared for use in the workforce.
- Cooperation - Changes in the nature of work and instruction demand that education policy making, reform efforts and program implementation should be more collaborative and global. As we work toward full economic integration, we recognize the need to educate our workforce to take on these responsibilities.
Logic model showing the progression of AEMM priorities from 2004 to 2012
EDNET Coordinator Adriana De Kanter (center) at APEC 2011, with Deputy Secretary Anthony Miller (right) and Brian Fu of the U.S. Department of Education