New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Minister Tolley attended East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting in Bali

EAS Education Ministers in Bali

Minister of Education Anne Tolley promoted education cooperation and discussed how New Zealand and the Asian region could work together to improve education outcomes at an East Asia Summit (EAS) Education Ministers Meeting in Bali last week.

“This summit provides New Zealand with an opportunity to promote the reputation of our education system as world-leading, innovative and high-quality,’ says Mrs Tolley.

“It also allows us to be part of education projects around the region which promote exchange of policy and practice, interoperability, and quality.”

Established in 2005, membership of the EAS comprises the ten ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), Australia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. The United States of America and Russia are also joining the East Asia Summit in November 2011.

“The EAS is the only multilateral grouping to which New Zealand belongs which also includes both China and India. With education as one of the priority areas for EAS cooperation, it’s vital that we be there to take up the opportunities for education cooperation.

“It includes countries which are aid donors with developed education systems, as well as countries which are growing rapidly and with a high demand for education. This presents an opportunity for the transfer of skills and systems from developed to developing countries while expanding the supply of education services.

“The EAS also includes the key major global economies of the 21st century. Building improved mutual understanding between these countries through education is an investment for future peace and prosperity in the region. “

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