DR. VINCENT PANG
Although formal and non-formal educational programs have been the focus of research and evaluation on teaching-learning programs in the Asia Pacific region, Alternative Education Programs (AEP) and their evaluation are rare and even unheard of in some countries. This presentation aims to highlight education access issues by presenting the contexts and practices of evaluation of AEP in the region with the hope of creating awareness of AEP and the need for the evaluation of such education programs. This presentation begins by reviewing the factors for children’s non-enrolment in formal or mainstream education, and the alternative education program provisions in the region. This is subsequently followed by the evaluation of these AEPs. The speaker will share several evaluation case study projects undertaken by him and highlight the challenges in evaluating AEPs especially those that involve refugee, stateless and undocumented children in the East ASEAN Growth Area countries of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines (BIMP-EAGA). The presentation concludes with a discussion of the implication of these challenges. The speaker will put forward several proposals to address the challenges in the form of recommendations on possible policy frameworks and practices.