In the ‘decade of action’, the Asia- Pacific is not on track to achieve any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The existing inequality in the region has been exacerbated by the impact of COVID leading to increase in unemployment rate, reduced working hours and increase in the number of youth (especially women) not in employment, education or training. One of the greatest challenges for the region therefore is to reverse current trends on full employment and decent work ensuring inclusion of the marginalized.
This session will discuss how equitable access to skills, using the pedagogy of lifelong learning, vocational skills facilitated by market access to economic opportunities and sustainable infrastructure can ensure inclusive and gender-just recovery. A regional panel consisting of Country representative UN Women India, Azad Foundation India, National Education Coalitions from Afghanistan, and Laos (members of The Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education) will draw from comparative 12 country Voluntary National Reviews and ground level experiences to advocate for- 1. Including Adult Learning and Education for inclusive access to SDG’s 4.5 and 5.5 and 2. A Gender Just Skills Education Framework that deepens the understanding how access to education, (SDG 4) can translate to decent jobs (SDG 8) with access to rights, information and skills along with market linked opportunities and sustainable infrastructure and policies, resulting in a long-term impact on gender justice (SDG 5).