2021 Bridge Conference

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The Korean National Commission for UNESCO, with support from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and UNESCO, will be hosting the Bridge Conference 2021 for two days from November 30 to December 1, 2021.

The theme of the conference will be “The Present and Future of Non-formal Education in Efforts to Achieve SDG4”.

We invite you to participate in this conference, which will bring together experts in lifelong learning, non-formal education, and development cooperation, as well as government officials from the Republic of Korea and beyond, to explore the value and role of non-formal education in protecting vulnerable groups’ rights to education, which have suffered during the current global pandemic.

The conference will also seek further ways to contribute to the international community’s ongoing efforts towards inclusive and quality education.


Title  2021 Bridge Conference
Date  Tuesday 30th November – Wednesday 1st December, 2021 | 14:00-18:00 (UTC +9)
* This conference is held in line with the Development Cooperation Week of the Republic of Korea.
* Please convert your time zone clicking this link.

Venue  Royal Hotel Seoul | Zoom & Youtube
Presentations by experts in the field of non-formal education, sharing the experiences of partners of the KNCU Bridge Programme and other relevant institutions in the private sector and Discussion on the future of international development cooperation in non-formal education
Staff of NGOs and institutions related to international development cooperation, Experts and students in the fields of non-formal education, literacy education, and lifelong learning, Representatives from UNESCO and its National Commissions and other related organizations, and Interested members of the general public
Host   Korean National Commission for UNESCO
Sponsor   Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea, UNESCO
Homepage  bridgeconference.kr


[Day 1] 30th(Tue) November [Day 2] 1st(Wed) December
Opening Session
[14:00 – 14:30]
Session 3
Good Practices and Challenges
for the Private Sector in Various
Types of Non-formal Education
[14:00 – 15:00]
Keynote Address
[14:30 – 15:00]
Session 1
The Impact and Role of Non-formal
Education for Marginalised Groups
in the Context of the COVID-19
[15:00 – 16:20]
MSession 4
Achievements, Challenges, and Good
Practices in Literacy and Mother Tongue
Education, with a Focus on the Work of
Organisations that Have Won the
UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize
[15:00 – 16:10]
Coffee Break
[16:20 – 16:40]
Coffee Break
[16:10 – 16:30]
Session 2
The Present and Future of Non-formal
Education in the Government(public)
Sector from the Perspective of the
Bridge Programme, Focusing on the
Issue of Sustainability
[16:40 – 17:50]
Session 5
The Role and Future of Non-formal
Education from the Perspective
of Continuing Education
[16:30 – 17:50]
Day 1 Reflection and Wrap-Up
[17:50 – 18:00]
Closing Reflection and Wrap-Up
[17:50 – 18:00]


How to Register|Please register via Official Homepage
Registration Period|1st(Mon) November – 29th(Mon) November, 2021
* Registration Period is subject to be changed.
Registration Fee|Free

* If you want to participate in the conference on site, please present Certificate of Completion of COVID-19 Vaccination or PCR Test Result issued within 48 hours.
* Please refer to the homepage regarding pre-registration and participation events.