From the Editor Team
Welcome to the first issue of EENET-Asia, which is both an e-mail group and a regional newsletter, covering Central, South and South-East Asia. It is part of the global EENET, which stands for “Enabling Education Network”. At present we are a team of six editors [based in Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Kyrgystan] working closely together. One of the aims of decentralizing EENET is to encourage a more contextualized sharing of experiences and information, and where relevant translating into other languages. Translations into Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese and Hindi are being planned.
We have decided not to involve professional editors reflecting the fact that English is a second or third language for most of us. The less than perfect English you may find throughout the newsletter may also reduce the barrier for many of us to contribute and thereby make it more inclusive.
As many of our readers may not have access to internet or even electricity, we are distributing hard copies of this newsletter. To do this we need funding and would like to request all of you to help us identify potential sponsors. Furthermore, we need your advice on who should get this newsletter; practicing teachers, teacher education and training institutions, disabled persons organisations, ministries and education departments, parent organisations, mainstream and “special” schools, donor agencies and non-governmental organisations, community based organisations and others.
This first issue of EENET-Asia is still a general issue. It is not about inclusive education or disability issues alone, but about enabling education in the broadest sense. This issue may still be a bit theoretical so we would like to invite all of you to share your practical experiences of enabling education for all learners. Enabling education programmes can be very context specific and may range from community based education programmes, school-based teacher training, active learning, inclusive education policies and monitoring impact for the marginalised and excluded. We would like to write and read about enabling education from different perspectives, especially from the learners and teachers. You are encouraged to provide feedback on the articles and other contents.
We have received many articles which we could not print in this issue - These will be kept for later. You should continue to send articles, case-studies, announcement of events, or pictures. During the March 2005 regional meeting on child-friendly school (CFS) development in Asia, it was suggested to have an issue with special focus on CFS. Please, let us know about other topics for future issues and receive guidelines for writing articles through: or or .
The e-mail group facilitates on-line discussions and sharing of information on events. This is an inclusive group so everyone is welcome with his or her comments regarding the Newsletter or information on education in our region. It uses the following e-mail address:
From the editorial team we would like to thank Alexander Hauschild for his great support in designing and formatting this EENET-Asia Newsletter.
Moch. Sholeh Y.A. Ichrom
Terje Magnussønn Watterdal