With six ministers and vice ministers leading, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) organized the SEAMEO Congress – a landmark gathering of nearly 500 participants from 20 countries representing a range of stakeholders including governments, non-governmental organizations, industry, academe, students and other groups on 21-22 October 2014 at the Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand that aimed primarily at drawing out practical education and human resource development policies and practices to bridge skills gap in Southeast Asia and promote sustained growth in the region.
SEAMEO and the UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific (EAPRO) launched a collaborative regional project called Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metric (SEA-PLM) that aims to introduce a targeted learning assessment tool for SEAMEO in a ceremony on 20 October 2014 at the Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
“If we deeply think about it, the future of ASEAN belongs to us, and depends on us,” quipped Phuong Truc Dang Duong, a 19-year old university student from Vietnam who joined the other 33 youth leaders from the 11 SEAMEO Member Countries during the First SEAMEO Youth Leadership Forum convened by the SEAMEO Centre on Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA) from 1 to 4 October 2014 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The Youth Forum is one of the modules of the SEAMEO College, a flagship project of SEAMEO that targets building capacity of and preparing leaders of today and tomorrow.
Education ministers and high-level education officials who compose the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council named seven priority areas that will be the focus of cooperation in SEAMEO in the next 20 years during a ministerial dialogue that was hosted by Lao PDR on 13 September 2014 and following the series of ASEAN meetings at the Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Lao PDR.
On the second year of its two-year term, Vietnam chaired the seventh meeting of the SEAMEO Executive Committee on 28 August 2014 at the S31 Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss organizational matters, and review existing and new initiatives of SEAMEO, as well as actions taken on the resolutions of the SEAMEO Council in the past year.
The Centre Directors of the SEAMEO Regional Centres gathered for the annual SEAMEO Centre Directors Meeting (CDM) from 24 to 26 June 2014 at the S31 Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss proposals, plans and activities under the 2011-2020 SEAMEO Strategic Plan, share updates on the respective development plans of the SEAMEO Centres, and their collaborative activities with partners including the SEAMEO Associate and Affiliate Members.
|Post-2015 education agenda in Southeast Asia tackled, three new collaborative projects endorsed
Vice ministers, permanent secretaries and high-level education officials from the Southeast Asian countries met on 18-20 February 2014 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand for the 36th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting which discussed, among others, the ongoing development of education agenda in Southeast Asia after 2015 which marks the conclusion of the Education for All movement which has been the flagship education agenda globally for the past three decades. The SEAMEO High Officials Meeting also endorsed three projects which focus on Southeast Asia on the themes of pre-primary teacher development, intercultural dialogues, and learning metrics which were proposed by UNESCO and UNICEF to be implemented collaboratively with SEAMEO. The 36th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting also announced plans for the conduct of SEAMEO Congress in October 2014 and the commemoration of the organization’s 50th anniversary in March 2015.
In a bid to trigger discussions on post-2015 education agenda in Southeast Asia, SEAMEO works with various organizations beginning December 2013 to June 2014 in the conduct of a foresight study applying futuristic methodology to build preferable depiction of the Post-2015 education in Southeast Asia. The seven-month project involves SEAMEO’s key partners including the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) Thailand, Burapha University Thailand, the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) through MEXT Japan, and the Thailand-United States Education Foundation (Fulbright Thailand). UNESCO and UNICEF are also actively involved in the discussions.
The SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with the World Association of Publishers, Manufacturers and Distributors of Educational Materials or WORLDDIDAC; UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, and Reed Tradex jointly organized the 5th Asia Education Leaders Forum and WorldDIDAC Asia Exhibition on 9-11 October 2013 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand.
SEAMEO played a key role as co-organizer of the 6th China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week together with the ASEAN-China Centre and the Guizhou Provincial Department of Education on 16-20 September 2013 in Guiyang, Guizhou, People’s Republic of China with representatives from universities in 10 ASEAN countries and over 70 Chinese universities participating.