Event Date/Time: Mar 24, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 25, 2011
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The 4th International Conference on Educational Reform 2011 (ICER 2011)
‘Equity in Education’

March 24-25, 2011

The United Nations created an instrument in making educational rights which are significant widely concerns about human rights, international educational rights, child rights, and so on. For the right in education, it can be traced back to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 which Article 26 proclaimed that all people have the right to education and that elementary education be compulsory and free (UN, 1948). Therefore, the greater educational equity is supported the right to education by defining discrimination as efforts to diminish equality of treatment in education, based on race, gender, language, religion, political or other beliefs, geographic location, national or social origin, or economic condition (UNESCO, 1960). Thus, each country has to response to develop policies that promote equality of opportunity and equal treatment in education was an important tenet of this accord.

UN highlights that equity is a fundamentally important concept that can be used to characterize the fairness and effectiveness of education systems. This policy has played a role in developing countries quite a long time; however, it is not widely recognized. There are some forms of bias and prejudice in educational systems. Moreover, justification of the notion of race or for claiming the superiority of inferiority is in among different group.

Besides, the world on the eve of the 21st century is characterized by globalization with the attendant risk of standardization, and by growing interpretation in all areas: economics society, culture and ecology, social, cultural and ecological. Yet, beneath this reality lurks a wide variety of strikingly different situations. There is no longer one south but many, and the north is beginning in some ways to resemble the south. The world, in short, is in transition and in search of new points of reference and sources of stability. "What kind of education is needed for what kind of society?" The debate on this subject shows that it is difficult to offer meaningful advice to educators throughout the world who work in an extraordinary diversity of situations. The resources that will count most will be intelligence, creativity, adaptability and ready access to the accumulated knowledge of humanity.

Education will be needed in many forms and for many purposes: to ensure that schools and colleges provide complete respect to all people, allocate the necessary resources (material & human) for all people to learning at the highest level, and to be proactive in eliminating any forms of equity in education.

Equity in education is one of the most interesting topics for educators, and continues to be very important topic. Faculty of Education, Mahasarakham University, has reorganized the importance of having a very special opportunity for face-to-face exchanges of views, ideas, and information on the state of educational reform. For the reason, this conference will have been formed with the purpose that it will be an event that covers the whole of education in an exciting social environment that extends our knowledge, improves on our practice, and widens our friendship networks.

Faculty of Education, Mahasarakham University is one of the government’s leading institutions for education, particularly serving the people in the northeastern region of Thailand. With the collaborative efforts of the Faculty of Education of Mahasarakham University, the National of Laos University, and the Da Nang University of Education seek ways to improve learning society. The collaborators are committed to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about teaching, learning and researching. For this conference, the main theme is “Equity in Education.” Furthermore, through partnerships, we reach out to schools and communities to offer the help in forms of academic services to the local society, such as organizing seminars and conferences, as well as giving special lectures, etc. In order to meet the requirements of the 21st century and to promote national education reform, Faculty of Education had already organized 3 international conferences on education reform. There were in 2007, 2009, and 2010. The forum therefore will be a venue where both international and Thai participants exchange views, ideas as well as lessons learnt. Moreover, for sustainability strategies of education reform will be explored and adapted to serve ongoing programs being implemented. It would indeed be a success if this forum provides concrete measures in cooperation for education reform to benefit participating individuals, organizations, or even countries.

Faculty of Education, Mahasarakham University (Thailand) and partners hopes to provide the convenience for educators, administrators, and students to have extensive discussions on needed changes in practices and policies and to develop strategies to achieve desired changes on educational reform. The previous conference attracted presenters and participants from diverse regions of the world this year. There were the United of America, Iran, India, Malaysia, Canada, Tajikistan, Nigeria, Vietnam, Lao PDR, and Thailand. Faculty of Education, Mahasarakham expects more people around the world with diverse kinds of works, research, and institutions to bring collaborations, connections, and creativities in which we can build a future bond for helping our world for “Equity in Education” with any form of appropriate educational forms. With the bringing up of interest on educational equity, Faculty of Education, Mahasarakham University assures that a basic human right, the a rights-based approach, evident in a set of international accords will bring all countries to have to pay attention to issues of educational equity.