The Government of Malaysia signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization to host the SEAMEO Regional Centre on Special Education (SEAMEO SEN) on 18 June 2012 in a ceremony held at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The MOA indicates that Government of Malaysia will undertake the full operational costs and programme development of the first regional centre for special education under SEAMEO.

 

The MOA was signed by Dato' Dr Rosli bin Mohamed, Secretary-General, Ministry of Education, Malaysia; and Dr Witaya Jeradechakul, Director, SEAMEO Secretariat. The signing ceremony was witnessed by H E Pehin Abu Bakar Apong, SEAMEO Council President and Minister of Education, Brunei Darussalam; and H E Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Malaysia.

On the same occasion, H E Pehin Abu Bakar Apong, SEAMEO Council President and Minister of Education, Brunei Darussalam signed the Enabling Instrument of SEAMEO SEN in his capacity as the SEAMEO Council President during his official visit to Malaysia. The Enabling Instrument defines the details of operations of the new Centre.

SEAMEO SEN is temporarily operating at the Malay Women Teachers' Training Institute in Malacca, Malaysia and supervised by the Special Education Division, Ministry of Education, Malaysia. The establishment of the SEAMEO SEN was approved by the SEAMEO Council at the 44th SEAMEO Council Conference in April 2009 in Phuket, Thailand.

SEAMEO has other 19 regional centres that undertake training and research programmes in various fields of education, science, and culture that benefit countries in Southeast Asia and beyond. These centres are hosted by the respective governments of the SEAMEO Member Countries.

(Left) Dato' Dr Rosli bin Mohamed, Secretary-General, Ministry of Education, Malaysia and (right) Dr Witaya Jeradechakul, Director, SEAMEO Secretariat sign the Memorandum of Agreement. Witnessing the signing ceremony are (left) H E Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Malaysia and (right) H E Pehin Abu Bakar Apong, SEAMEO Council President and Minister of Education, Brunei Darussalam.

H E Pehin Abu Bakar Apong, SEAMEO Council President signs the SEAMEO SEN Enabling Instrument while Dato' Dr Rosli bin Mohamed and Dr Witaya Jeradechakul look on.