In 1992, the Ministers of Education from 14 member economies agreed to coordinate joint activities in the field of education through an APEC Education Summit. Representatives of ministries of education and other educational organizations from member economies participated in the Summit, now known as the Education Network (or EDNET). In 2000, the Ministers of Education met in Singapore for the 2nd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting and directed EDNET to focus on four priority areas to improve education. These four priority areas are:
- Using technology in education
- Improving teaching systems
- Reforming education management systems
- Promoting cooperation and exchange of expertise
Technology holds great potential for better preparing students and providing adults with continuous learning opportunities. However, introducing technology in education has inherent challenges. Resources available through this Website address policy makers' and educators' efforts to shape clear goals and plans; manage resources and stakeholders; support teachers' capacity to use technology; address the digital divide; and evaluate the effectiveness of using technology in education.
In 2000, APEC's Education Ministers stated that the teacher lies at the heart of education and acknowledged that adequate preparation and on-going training are key to teachers adapting to new roles as facilitators of learning. Resources available through this Website address teaching of specific content areas or efforts to improve teacher training and support systems.
In 2000, APEC's Education Ministers emphasized the growing importance of quality leadership, systematic management strategies and adequate resources for all students to benefit educationally. Monitoring of outcomes and use of data have become increasingly important at the school, system, and global levels as part of a continuous improvement process. Resources available through this Website address improved appraisal and assessment systems and other education management tools.
In 2000, APEC's Ministers of Education noted that the diversity of the organization's membership makes it an ideal platform for the exchange of information, ideas, and expertise. The Ministers encouraged greater exchange among youth, university students, and professionals at all levels, both in person and through virtual means.