Based on the document of ASEAN Socio Culture Community blueprint (ASEAN Socio Cultural Blueprint, 2009), the characteristics and elements also the objective are followed.
Characteristics and Elements
The primary goal of the ASCC is to contribute to realizing an ASEAN Community that is people-centered and socially responsible with a view to achieving enduring solidarity and unity among the nations and peoples of ASEAN by forging a common identity and building a caring and sharing society which is inclusive and harmonious where the well-being, livelihood, and welfare of the peoples are enhanced. The ASCC will address the region’s aspiration to lift the quality of life of its peoples through cooperative activities that are people-oriented and environmentally friendly geared towards the promotion of sustainable development.
The ASCC shall contribute to building a strong foundation for greater understanding, good neighborliness, and a shared sense of responsibility. The ASCC is characterized by a culture of regional resilience, adherence to agreed principles, spirit of cooperation, collective responsibility, to promote human and social development, respect for fundamental freedoms, gender equality, the promotion and protection of human rights and the promotion of social justice. The ASCC shall respect the different cultures, languages, and religions of the peoples of ASEAN emphasize their common values in the spirit of unity in diversity and adapt them to present realities, opportunities and challenges. The ASCC will also focus on the social dimension of Narrowing the Development Gap (NDG) towards bridging the development gap among Member States. Based on the above, the ASCC envisages the following characteristics: (a) Human Development; (b) Social Welfare and Protection; (c) Social Justice and Rights; (d) Ensuring Environmental Sustainability (e) Building the ASEAN Identity; and (f ) Narrowing the Development Gap.
Action on Education
One of the strategic objectives on advancing and prioritizing education is ensuring the integration of education priorities into ASEAN’s development agenda and creating knowledge based society; achieving universal access to primary education; promoting early child care and development; and enhancing awareness of ASEAN to youths through education and activities to build an ASEAN identity based on friendship and cooperation. Some of the actions to support this strategy are
- Use ICT to promote education and life-long learning particularly in underserved communities through open, distance education and e-learning;
- Promote education networking in various levels of educational institutions and continue university networking and enhance and support student and staff exchanges and professional interactions including creating research clusters among ASEAN institutions of higher learning, in close collaboration with the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the ASEAN University Network (AUN);
- Strengthen collaboration with other regional and international educational organizations to enhance the quality of education in the region;
- Include the teaching of common values and cultural heritage in school curricula and develop teaching materials and capability for this purpose starting in 2008;
- Develop and offer courses on ASEAN studies, both in the primary, secondary and higher education levels;
- Continue the ASEAN Youth Leadership Development Program and similar programs with the same objectives and encourage networking among ASEAN Youth Program alumni to promote solidarity and mutual understanding;
- Support learning of ASEAN languages and promote exchanges of linguists.