8th Annual Forum for High Officials of Basic Education of SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Member Countries




AFBE 2018

I. Background

The Annual Forum for High Officials of Basic Education of SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Member Countries was first proposed by the SEAMEO Secretariat, which was approved by the 45th SEAMEO Council Conference in Cebu, Philippines on 26 January 2010.

The objectives of the forum are 1) to serve as a platform to facilitate the sharing of good practices concerning basic education issues, and 2) to foster regular and active fellowship among high officials responsible for basic education in SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Member Countries, which is hosted on a rotation basis.  Here are the themes of the previous fora:

Themes of the 1st – 7th Annual Forum for High Officials of Basic Education of SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Member Countries
Forum THEME Venue Year
1st Basic Education: Pathway to 21st Century Human Development Malaysia 2011
2nd Sharing and Embracing the Development of Inclusive Education in SEA Countries Vietnam 2012
3rd Quality and Equality of Basic Education for Sustainable Future: Building Capacity for Every Learner Thailand 2013
4th Promoting Entrepreneurship Education and Culture within the Basic Education System Brunei Darussalam 2014
5th Quality Assurance Framework for Basic Education Cambodia 2015
6th Adopting the 21st Century Curriculum Indonesia 2016
7th Revitalizing Teaching Towards Quality Learning Outcomes Lao PDR 2018

The theme of this year’s annual forum will focus on strengthening the resilience of the education sector through school safety initiatives.

The implementation of school safety initiatives at the regional and national level is contributory to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal No. 4 “Ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”, and Goal No. 13 “Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”.  This is also in support of the SEAMEO Seven Priority Area, specifically number 3, ensuring resiliency in the face of emergencies.  Preparing schools leaders, teachers, students, and local communities in managing and maintaining the delivery of education services during emergencies such as conflicts, extreme weather, and natural disasters.  School safety is anchored on international frameworks and policies for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Education in Emergencies (EiE).

Therefore, championing the school safety in the Southeast Asian region must be on the top priorities of the education sector as it is the springboard towards ensuring that learners, personnel and all education investments are safe and resilient to the risks and impacts of disasters and emergencies arising from natural and human-induced hazards.

II. Host Organization:   Department of Education (DEPED) - Philippines

III. Co-hosts:

  • The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO): 
    • SEAMEO Secretariat
    • Partners
  • Bohol LGU
  • DepEd Schools Division of Bohol
  • ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative Project Management Team

IV. Objectives:

The objectives of the 8th Annual Forum for High Officials of Basic Education of SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Member Countries are as follows:

  1. To keep abreast with the current regional and global trends, issues and challenges in promoting school safety initiatives.
  2. To promote and explore collaboration on School Safety, covering disaster risk reduction and management, climate change adaptation, and education-in-emergencies arising from natural and human induces hazards.
  3. To explore potential areas for consensus and collaboration on the Safe Schools Declaration among SEAMEO Member Countries, and Associate Member Countries.
  4. To serve as a platform to facilitate the sharing of good practices concerning basic education issues.
  5. To foster regular and active fellowship among high officials responsible for basic education in SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Members

V. Theme:  Advancing School Safety and Resilience in the Southeast Asian Region

VI. Expected Outputs:

The following reports from the agreements, suggestions and presentations should be developed from the meeting.

  1. Successful policies/strategies/mechanisms/programmes/projects/researches on school safety initiatives in Southeast Asia.
  2. Potential consensus and collaboration on the Safe Schools Declaration among SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Members Countries.
  3. Regional policy recommendations on school safety, agreed by the High Officials of Basic Education of SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Member Countries.
  4. Approval of regional initiatives to be endorsed to the SEAMEO High Officials Meeting in November 2019 and the SEAMEO Council Conference (through ad referendum).

VII. Participants:

The forum is expected to bring together approximately 32 participants from SEAMEO Member Countries.  The participants will include as follows:

High Officials of Basic Education from the 11 SEAMEO Member Countries:

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao PDR
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Vietnam

High Officials of Basic Education from the 5 Associate Member Countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • New Zealand
  • Spain

VIII. Tentative Programme:  

Day 1: Wednesday, 21 August 2019
08.00-09.00 Registration
09.00-09.30 Opening Ceremony 
  • Cultural Performance (TBC)
  • Welcome Remarks by Governor of Bohol
  • Opening Remarks by Dr Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela, SEAMEO Secretariat Director
  • Keynote Speaker by H E Dr Leonor Magtolis Briones, Secretary of DepEd
  • Group Photo
09.30-10.00 Coffee Break
10.00-12.00 Plenary Session
  • Presentation of ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (15 mins)
  • Project Presentation by SEAMEO Regional Centers (15 mins)
  • 1st set of Panel Discussion:
Moderator: SEAMEO INNOTECH (tbc)
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Philippines
    • Timor-Leste
    • Malaysia
    • Vietnam
    • Myanmar
Open Forum
12.30-14.00 Lunch (Video Presentation)
14.00-15.30
  • Cultural Dance Presentation
  • 2nd set of Panel Discussion
Moderator: SEAMEO SEARCA (tbc)
    • Cambodia
    • Indonesia
    • Lao PDR
    • Singapore
    • Thailand
Open Forum
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-17.30 Workshop for policy recommendations on school safety by SEAMEO TROPMED/ Philippines
18.30-20.00 Welcome Reception

 

Day 2: Thursday, 22 August 2019
08.00-09.30
  • Video - DepEd’s Response, Rehabilitation and Recovery Interventions on the Marawi Siege
  • Presentation of Safe Schools Declaration by Undersecretary Alain Del B. Pascua, Undersecretary for Administration (15 mins)

Open Forum

09.30-10.00
  • Synthesis of Country Presentations and Ways Forward by Dir Ronilda Co of DRRMS
10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
10.30-11.30 Closing Ceremony
11.30-12.30 Lunch 
14.00-17.00 School Visit to Lourdes National High School and Cultural Visit

IX. Format of the Panel Discussions

Each panel discussion will be in three parts.  The moderator will ask the panelists a set of questions that revolve around the following:

  • 1st Part
    • Good practices on school safety.  The moderator will ask specific areas of good practices that a country has been implementing, such as:
      • Disaster Risk Governance (policies, systems, processes, mechanisms, budgeting)
      • Programmes on the 3 pillars on the comprehensive school safety framework

        The moderator will have to know beforehand which country has a good practice/s in a specific area, and that will be the focus of the question for the panelist.


  • 2nd Part
    • Challenges in implementing school safety.

  • 3rd Part
    • What policy recommendations on school safety would you propose for SEAMEO to tackle and champion? How would these benefit the education sector?
    • Recommended mechanisms to support the better integration of school safety in the Ministry of Education.
    • Emerging themes and elements we should be considering and that should be part of the school safety agenda (i.e. inclusiveness, people on the move, climate change, role of communities, etc.).

      After each panel discussion, the moderator will now open the floor for questions from the audience. Questions can be directed to all panelists or to a panelist/s.  Maximum of five (5) questions can be accommodated.

      The moderator will now wrap-up the panel discussion by providing key insights on the presentations.

Note: Each country should submit a presentation or documentation on their school safety initiatives to the Secretariat two weeks before the event, so that the moderator would be able to prepare for the specific question on the good practices that is appropriate for the country.