The ‘Incheon Declaration and SDG4 – Education 2030 Framework for Action’, adopted at the World Education Forum held in Incheon in May 2015 as a framework for implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4, proposes the Community Learning Centre (CLC) as a multi-purpose/non-formal learning space to provide inclusive and equitable quality education (SDG4 Target 4.a). The KNCU implements a number of development cooperation projects that focus on improving access to quality education, particularly non-formal education through the use of CLCs.
The Bridge Programme Phase 2 is a five-year project that was newly launched in 2020. The programme builds on the achievements and experiences of the Bridge Africa and Asia Programmes. As with the original programmes, Phase 2 of the programme supports non-formal education for educationally marginalized groups in low-income countries, in order to contribute to achieving SDG 4. In the unprecedented circumstances resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19, the programme also provides health and hygiene education and products to the partner countries to ensure that educational opportunities can continue during the pandemic. The KNCU cooperates closely with the National Commissions for UNESCO and Ministries of Education in the partner countries to ensure that the programme supports the education policies of the partner countries and to increase the impacts of the Programme at the national level. ※ Partner Countries: Timor-Leste, Laos, Bhutan, Malawi
The Bridge Sejong Programme is a literacy/lifelong learning-focused programme that aims to further the aims of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize, a UNESCO award sponsored by the South Korean government, and support sustainability of the laureates’ activities. Since 2021, the KNCU has cooperated with public institutions and NGOs that have previously won the Prize to support their various programmes that aim to contribute to the eradication of illiteracy. The KNCU also holds an international online seminar on adult and lifelong learning in partnership with relevant organizations and experts from South Korea and elsewhere. ※ Partner Countries as of 2022 : Jordan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uruguay
The Bridge Africa Programme was implemented from 2010 to 2020 in 6 sub-Saharan African countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia) with low adult literacy rates. Based on cooperation with the National Commissions for UNESCO in the partner countries, the programme provided various types of education, including literacy education, early childhood education, and vocational education and training, through Community Learning Centers (CLCs). The programme further helped to improve accessibility to education and quality of education for the underprivileged by providing teacher training and distributing textbooks.
The Bridge Asia Programme was launched in 2012 and conducted in the Southern Asian region (Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) until 2020, with the aim of promoting the right to education for the most disadvantaged groups, including women and girls. The programme has created an enabling environment for learning, by operating community learning centers in areas where there are no schools, providing basic and functional literacy activities, life-skills education, and technical and vocational education and training in a non-formal setting, as well as nurturing educators.
The Bridge Asia Programme was launched in 2012 and has been conducted in 12 Asian countries with low literacy rates,with the aim of promoting the right to education for the most disadvantaged groups, including women and girls.The programme has created an enabling environment for learning, by operating community learning centers in areas where there are no schools, providing basic and functional literacy activities, life-skills education, and technical and vocational education and training in a non-formal setting, as well as nurturing educators.
The KNCU offers opportunities to support its international development cooperation projects aimed at achieving the vision of ‘Education leaving no one behind, and peace for all.’ It develops and operates programmes tailored to needs of its partners to help partners sponsor, participate in and cooperate with KNCU’s development cooperation projects. A range of programmes allows citizens, schools, and business corporations all to contribute to UNESCO’s global activities.
The KNCU runs a fund raising programme to help support its international development cooperation projects. All funds raised are managed in accordance with strict principles, and the KNCU uses a Membership Relationship Management solution and Enterprise Resource Planning system so that it can manage donations effectively and answer requests from donors efficiently. Additionally, in February every year, an external audit on donations is conducted, and KNCU reports the results to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety.
The KNCU also works with experts in UNESCO affairs and relevant institutions in South Korea and overseas to develop new projects for international development cooperation. To that end, an in-house forum named ‘Bridge Insight’ is held regularly to share new information and ideas among staff members, to discuss pending issues of relevance and to explore ways to develop innovative international development cooperation projects in areas relevant to UNESCO’s mandate.