Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization
Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building, 920 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: +66(0) 2391-0144 I Fax: +66(0) 2381-2587
Email: secretariat@seameo.org I URL www.seameo.org

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Indonesia hosts 49th SEAMEO Council Conference
and Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SDEM) on Education Agenda 3

The Republic of the Indonesia, through its Ministry of Education and Culture, will host biennial conference of Southeast Asian Education Ministers – the 49th SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC) and Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SDEM) on Education Agenda 3, on 24-27 July, 2017 at the Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Approximately 200 participants from 14 countries – comprising education ministers, high-level government education officials, and representatives from international organizations – from the eleven SEAMEO Member States, Associate Members, Affiliate Members, and partners are expected to attend the Conferences.

The back-to-back conferences aim to foster stronger cooperation on education among Southeast Asian countries and beyond.  High on the agenda of the 49th SEAMEO Council Conference is the inauguration of the establishment three new SEAMEO Centres in Cambodia, Indonesia and Lao PDR namely SEAMEO Regional Centre for Technical Education Development (SEAMEO TED), SEAMEO Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP) and SEAMEO Regional Centre for Community Education Development (SEAMEO CED). It is expected the establishment of three new Centres can accelerate the progress in providing quality Education for All (EFA) in Southeast Asia.

An important highlight of the conference is a Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SDEM) on Education Agenda 3 with this year’s theme “Progress on the Implementation of the SEAMEO Education Agenda: Towards the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal No 4. “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all””.

The SEAMEO Council, the Organization’s governing body, is composed of the 11 Ministers of Education of the SEAMEO Member Countries.  SEAMEO is an international and regional intergovernmental organization whose members are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. It has 21 specialist Regional Centres in Southeast Asia.

SEAMEO collaborates with international and global organizations like UNESCO, UNICEF, UN-HABITAT, GIZ, DAAD, and the ASEAN Secretariat.  It is also supported by its Associate Member Countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and United Kingdom. The International Council for Open and Distance Education, Tsukuba University, British Council and China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) are Affiliate Members. The headquarters of SEAMEO is located in Bangkok, Thailand.

For more information, please contact:
The SEAMEO Secretariat
MLP Centenary Bldg., 920 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2391-0144
Email: secretariat@seameo.org I Website:  www.seameo.org

 


49th SEAMEO Council Conference
and Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SDEM) on Education Agenda 3

 

 

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The SEAMEO Council Conference

The SEAMEO Council Conference is the biennia meeting of the Council of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization consisting of education ministers of the 11 SEAMEO Member Countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

The Conference is attended by the Ministers of Education of SEAMEO Member Countries, representatives of SEAMEO Associate Member Countries, Affiliate Members, SEAMEO Regional Centre Directors, SEAMEO Secretariat; and officials and observers from donor agencies and international organizations.

The Objectives of the Conference

  1. To serve as a forum for discussion of policy and regional initiatives on education, science and culture
  2. To set directions of programmes and projects of SEAMEO and its Units
  3. To review programmes and activities of the Organization

The SEAMEO Council Conference is convened once in two years. The Conference is hosted by the Member Countries on a rotation basis (Thailand, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia). Other Member Countries could also offer to host the Conference.

Sessions at the 49th SEAMEO Council Conference

The In-Camera Session
This is a closed meeting attended by Head of Delegations and designated High Officials.  The Session discusses critical and confidential issues.

Plenary Sessions
These are open sessions attended by Heads of Delegations, High Officials, Affiliate Members, Regional Centre Directors, key personnel of SEAMEO Units, and partners/observers. 

Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers on Education Agenda 3
This is a themed session that aims to engage the SEAMEO Council in a discussion to revisit the progress made in implementing the SEAMEO Education Agenda and to determine the ways forward with the Education Agenda imbedded in the plans and programmes of SEAMEO Secretariat, the 21 SEAMEO Centres and fostering stronger collaboration with the Ministries of Education of member countries, associate members, affiliate members, relevant agencies and partners.  The dialogue is expected to conclude with some directives from the Education Ministers on relevant action of SEAMEO Education Agenda and Seven Priority Areas for SEAMEO to pursue.  This year’s theme is “Progress on the Implementation of the SEAMEO Education Agenda: Towards the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal No 4. “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all””.

Bilateral Meetings – Bilateral meetings between delegations are organized upon request by SEAMEO Member Countries during the Conference.

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Seminar diseminasi hasil-hasil penelitian SEAMEO RECFON, 9 Agustus 2017

Gizi Untuk Prestasi - Nutrition Goes to School
Menuju masa depan bangsa yang berdaya saing

Gizi optimal sangat dibutuhkan sepanjang fase hidup, diantaranya untuk pertumbuhan dan perkembangan, fungsi reproduksi, masa kehamilan dan menyusui, penyembuhan dari penyakit, aktifitas fisik, fungsi kognitif, produktifitas hingga pencegahan penyakit degeneratif. Telah dipahami bahwa kecukupan gizi di 1000 hari pertama kehidupan berdampak besar pada kesehatan ibu dan anak. Namun perlu dipahami pula bahwa di era transisi gizi, tren peningkatan proporsi kegemukan dan obesitas juga memerlukan perhatian selain masalah gizi kurang yang belum juga dapat dieradikasi.  Kondisi ini bahkan dialami oleh anak-anak usia prasekolah dan sekolah. Pola hidup bersih sehat dan bergizi perlu ditanamkan sejak dini dan sekolah menjadi wahana yang tepat untuk pembentukan budaya hidup sehat bergizi.

Fenomena masalah gizi di atas teramati melalui berbagai penelitian yang dilakukan oleh SEAMEO RECFON sebagai pusat kajian pangan dan gizi regional pada periode 3 tahun terakhir.  Hasil-hasil penelitian terkait dengan gizi anak sekolah, gizi ibu dan anak, serta transisi gizi dipresentasikan pada ajang diseminasi hasil riset yang berskala regional pada tanggal 9 Agustus 2017.  Sebanyak 75 studi yang masuk dalam 5 kelompok studi seperti Keamanan Pangan, Nutrigenomics dan Nutrigenetics, Gizi dan Penyakit, Kebijakan dan Program Gizi, serta Praktik Baik dalam Pengukuran Status Gizi telah dilakukan selama periode tahun 2014-2016  Selain para peneliti dari SEAMEO RECFON, beberapa pakar pendidikan gizi di Asia Tenggara hadir untuk bertukar pengetahuan dan pengalaman seperti Dr. Rani Samugram (Singapore Helath Promotion Board), Prof. Corazon Barba (UPLB-Filipina), dan Dr. Siti Rohaiza (Universiti Brunei Darussalam).  Seminar ini dihadiri oleh akademisi, peneliti, kalangan pemerintah dari berbagai kementerian terkait, LSM, sektor swasta, alumni, dan media, serta para pakar dari Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Filipina, and Singapura.

Acara ini dibuka oleh Direktur SEAMEO RECFON Dr. Muchtaruddin Mansyur, arahan diberikan oleh perwakilan dari Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI Dr. Veronica Enda Wulandari (Kepala Bagian Kerjasama Luar Negeri Kemdikbud RI),  dan Keynote Speech  disampaikan oleh perwakilan dari Kementerian PPN/Bappenas Dr. Pungkas Bahjuri Ali (Direktur Kesehatan dan Gizi Masyarakat Bappenas).

Seminar Diseminasi ini merupakan upaya ke-5 yang telah dilakukan SEAMEO RECFON sejak tahun 2003.  Seminar kali ini menitikberatkan kontribusi SEAMEO RECFON dalam penelitian seputar gizi pada anak sekolah, sesuai dengan fokus studi yang disebut Nutrition Goes to School atau Gizi untuk Prestasi” disampaikan oleh Direktur SEAMEO RECFON Dr. Muchtaruddin Mansyur dalam pidato pembukaan seminar.

Kepala Bagian Kerjasama Luar Negeri Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI, Dr. Veronica Enda Wulandari menyampaikan dalam pidatonya bahwa “Gizi kesehatan dan pendidikan merupakan modal dasar bagi perkembangan anak yang berdampak pada performa akademis dan produktivitas.  Karenanya dari perspektif Kemdikbud RI, seminar ini merupakan langkah penting dalam penyebaran dan pertukaran informasi dan pengalaman di bidang gizi dan pendidikan.

“Investasi pendidikan gizi dan kesehatan sejak dini di sekolah melalui PAUD (Pendidikan Anak Usia Dini) dan UKS (Usaha Kesehatan Sekolah) memegang peranan penting dalam pembentukan kebiasaan hidup bersih sehat dan bergizi bagi anak-anak Indonesia.  Anak kurang gizi berkontribusi pada rendahnya daya saing sumberdaya manusia Indonesia serta menambah kompleksitas bonus demografi di masa mendatang.” dijelaskan oleh Direktur Kesehatan dan Gizi Masyarakat Kementerian PPN/Bappenas Dr. Pungkas Bahjuri Ali.

Seminar ini terdiri dari 2 Sesi Pleno yang bertema 1) Pendekatan Komprehensif untuk Peningkatan Gizi melalui Sekolah, 2) Bukti Terkini di Asia Tenggara tentang Lingkungan Pangan (Food Environment) di Sekolah.  Di antara kedua sesi pleno ini dilaksanakan 3 sesi paralel yang bertema 1) Gizi Anak Sekolah, 2) Gizi Ibu dan Anak, 3) Transisi Gizi pada Masyarakat Perkotaan. Selain itu, pada seminar ini juga disampaikan hasil lokakarya yang telah dilakukan pada tanggal 8 Agustus 2017 tentang 1) harmonisasi pembuatan catalog riset online di Asia Tenggara, dan 2) pembentukan kelompok kerja promosi gizi berbasis sekolah di Asia Tenggara.

Pada kesempatan ini juga dilakukan Pengumuman Pemenang Lomba Video Dokumenter untuk siswa SMA/SMK/MA dengan tema Sekolahku Sehat dan Bergizi.  Sebanyak 30 video diikutsertakan dalam lomba ini oleh sekolah dari berbagai wilayah di Indonesia. Tujuh finalis adalah berasal dari SMA dan SMK negeri dan swasta di kota Bandung, Batam, Batu, Bogor, Sukabumi, dan Gresik.  Para siswa pemenang dan guru pembimbing juga melakukan tur ke Gedung SEAMEO RECFON di dalam kompleks Kampus Universitas Indonesia di Salemba, untuk melakukan panen sayuran serta pengukuran status gizi. 

Selain itu, pada acara seminar ini dilakukan Peluncuran 2 buah Buku dan Kumpulan Rencana Ajar masing-masing berjudul 1) Gizi dan Kesehatan Anak Sekolah Dasar, 2) Gizi dan Kesehatan Remaja yang dihadiri oleh perwakilan dari Direktorat Pembinaan Sekolah Dasar (SD) dan Sekolah Menengah Pertama (SMP) Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI.  Kedua buku yang disusun oleh tim dari SEAMEO RECFON, guru, psikolog serta staf dari Kemdikbud dan Kemenkes RI ini merupakan tindak lanjut dari hasil beberapa penelitian SEAMEO RECFON yang menunjukkan bahwa guru memerlukan peningkatan kapasitas untuk topik gizi dan kesehatan, guru juga mempunyai keterbatasan mengakses materi ajar dan alat bantu yang siap pakai.   

Terselenggaranya acara ini, diharapkan dapat memberikan kontribusi bagi pemerintah dan para pemangku kepentingan lainnya dalam penyusunan program dan kebijakan terkait gizi. Dan bagi masyarakat secara umum, seminar ini diharapkan memberikan tambahan pengetahuan tentang pentingnya gizi bagi anak sekolah demi tercapainya generasi masa depan yang berdaya saing.

Tentang SEAMEO RECFON:

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition (SEAMEO RECFON) merupakan organisasi menteri-menteri pendidikan se-Asia Tenggara  didirikan pada tahun 1967 dengan mandat mengembangkan pusat regional di bidang gizi komunitas, namun kemudian bertransformasi menjadi pusat pangan dan gizi regional pada tahun 2011.  SEAMEO RECFON merupakan satu dari 21 pusat SEAMEO lainnya yang tersebar di negara Asia Tenggara.  SEAMEO RECFON merupakan sebuah unit di bawah Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI yang berlokasi di Universitas Indonesia, yang mempunyai misi untuk menyelenggarakan pendidikan, peningkatan kapasitas, penelitian dan penyebaran informasi di bidang pangan dan gizi melalui strategi kemitraan demi tercapainya pengembangan sumberdaya manusia yang berkelanjutan.  Hingga saat ini, telah dihasilkan sebanyak lebih dari 3000 alumni dan penerima manfaat yang berasal dari organisasi di bidang gizi, kesehatan, pertanian, pendidikan, dan bidang terkait lainnya yang tersebar baik di dalam maupun di luar kawasan Asia Tenggara.

Kontak media
Judhiastuty Februhartanty
Manager Knowledge Management and Partnership
Tel. 021 31930205 ext 204
Hp. 08129260634
e-mail: judhiastuty@yahoo.com, jfebruhartanty@seameo-recfon.org
www.seameo-recfon.org

Southeast Asia Nutrition Leadership Program (SEANLP):
Building Leadership for Better Nutrition Improvement in South East Asia

As a region where it houses nearly a quarter of world’s population and is one of the largest economies, Southeast Asia is reportedly to have shown much improvement on its population health indicators and nutritional status over the years.  However, in terms of progress, over-nutrition is on the rise in every country, in conjunction with too slow decreasing rate of under-nutrition problems, as well as immense health inequities that persist in the region. 

Nutritional well being has been set out as one of the key indicators of development.  Indonesia, through the Ten Health Messages (10 Pesan Kesehatan) of our President, His Excellency Mr. Joko Widodo, commits that nutrition is the investment for the nation.  It is therefore, mobilization of family at grass root level, synergistic budget allocation and management planning at meso/macro level, and reformation in the bureaucracy sector at all levels are stipulated to be the approaches to achieve health as a fundamental component for development in Indonesia.

The lessons learned show that the complexity of health and nutrition problems cannot be solved only with direct interventions.  In addition, in the era of massive technology advancement and fast track globalization, new emerging social practices jeopardizing the people’s condition such as the silent killer of non-communicable diseases that complicate the etiology of the health and nutrition problems that requires innovative and up-to-date strategies.   When we wish to improve the well-being of the population at a larger scale, we are talking about an improvement through social and economic development that calls for a systematic and holistic approach. Such an approach can only be accomplished through partnership with multi sectors and certainly nutrition is the concern beyond health sector alone.

Leadership in food and nutrition has been identified as a key factor to help reinforce action on nutrition in countries experiencing a high burden of malnutrition. Individuals from various sectors with good knowledge on nutrition and capacity to influence policies and their implementation, are urgently needed.

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition (SEAMEO REFCON) with the support from Ministry of Education and Culture Republic of Indonesia, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Southeast Asia and other institutions from the region conducted the 12th South East Asian Nutrition Leadership Program [SEANLP] to empower nutritionists and other professionals to gain competencies in effective leadership, communication, and decision making skills. The SEANLP is conducted under the auspices of the European Nutrition Leadership Program (ENLP) and is part of the Global Nutrition Leadership Platform together with ENLP and African Nutrition Leadership Program (ANLP).

Since 2002, SEAMEO RECFON has successfully carried out 11 Leadership Programs with a total of 254 alumni from various countries and institutions in the SEA region and beyond.  Some SEANLP alumni hold strategic positions in their country, and lead nutrition development programs. This year, the SEANLP has brought 28 participants from 10 ASEAN countries. The program runs from 4-8 August in Jakarta with this year’s theme of SEANLP “towards achieving SDG 2 through nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food system approaches”. 

“The critical mass of future leaders invested through this program must be able to play significant roles in contributing to the regional and global development through improved nutrition and health situation” said the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Culture Republic of Indonesia Didik Suhardi, PhD at the opening ceremony of the 12th SEANLP. Such an encouragement is then translated into a future plan of action initiated by the 12th SEANLP alumni addressed during the inauguration ceremony.  As His Excellency PM Justin Trudeau ever said “to do small things in big ways”, the alumni pledge to contribute to the provision of positive content in the social media platform by dispatching regular nutrition and health messages for lay people.  This small step to be undertaken envisions the attainment of healthy life style of the general public in the long run.  For facilitating and safe-guarding this plan of action to come to realization, the new batch of SEANLP alumni appointed Mr. Zakaria Kamis from Brunei Darussalam and Dr. Aria Kekalih from Indonesia as President and Vice President.

About SEAMEO REFCON:
SEAMEO RECFON was established in 1967 as SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Community Nutrition, and transformed into Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition in 2011.  It is one among the 21 SEAMEO Centres located throughout SEA region.  It is a unit hosted by Ministry of Education and Culture RI and located in Universitas Indonesia with a mission to conduct education, capacity building, research and information dissemination in food and nutrition through partnership for sustainable human resource development.  As of today, over 3000 alumni working in nutrition, health, agriculture, education and other related disciplines from SEA countries and beyond have been exposed to and benefiting the Center’s program and activities.

Media contact:
Judhiastuty Februhartanty
Manager Knowledge Management and Partnership
Tel. 021 31930205 ext 204
Hp. 08129260634
e-mail: judhiastuty@yahoo.com, jfebruhartanty@seameo-recfon.org
www.seameo-recfon.org

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Experts in the Field of Education for 21st Century Set to Gather for ICE2017 in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand - The Ministry of Education, Thailand together with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) held the The International Congress on Education for the 21st century (ICE2017) at Berkeley Hotel Pratunam on 3-4 May 2017. This event brings together diverse education actors and stakeholders representing the governments of SEAMEO Member Countries as well as public and private education institutions and agencies.

A total 49 honorable speakers invited by the Ministry of Education and SEAMEO, as well as academia invited through selection of submitted abstracts, will present papers and initiate discussions under the overarching theme of “Making a Difference: Shaping a New Learning Paradigm for a Sustainable Southeast Asia”.

The event conducted in order to provide a platform for conversations on experiences and best practices on the implementation of the post-2015 SEAMEO education agenda (seven keys priorities) and to enhance awareness on regional and national programmes and action plans resulting from a dynamic synergy of strengths, strategies and standards developed by SEAMEO Member Countries leading to the application of more inclusive and innovative learning paradigms and education policies that support SDG4 Education 2030. As well as to promote regional understanding, commitment to shared action, mutual collaboration and closer cooperation among education actors and stakeholders in Southeast Asia in advancing the quality of learning and ensuring a wider access to education in the region.

During the event diverse topics related to the sustainable development as a guide for crafting new learning paradigms that are reflective of and responsive to historical, cultural and social realities will be presented. ICE2017 will feature 3 plenary sessions and 7 parallel sessions, each with paper presentations and discussions corresponding to one of the 7 sub-themes chosen for the congress – 1. Teacher Education and Lifelong Learning; 2. Making Accessible and Inclusive Quality Education Happen; 3. Enhancing Regional Competitiveness through STEM Education; 4. Digital Learning in a Borderless World; 5. Education in Emergencies and the Role of School Communities; 6. Bridging Skills Development for Global and Local Demand; 7. Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Education and Community Development.

More than 500 participants from 20 countries and diverse backgrounds in education are slated to attend the 2-day event, including education representatives from the 11 SEAMEO Member Countries, administrators and educators from government organizations, public and private educational institutions, agencies and departments as well as invited speakers and moderators. Notable guests include H.E. Teerakiat Jaroensettasin (Minister of Education of Thailand and SEAMEO Council President), who will be giving the opening speech and keynote address; Professor Mark Bray (UNESCO Chair Professor in Comparative Education, Director of Comparative Education Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong), Dr. Akihiro Fushimi (OIC Regional Advisor) and Dr. Chemba Raghavan (Education Programme Specialist) from UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office; Dr. Vincent Quah (Business Development Lead, APJ -Education, Research and Not-For-Profit at Amazon Web Services), among others.

This international congress affirms the commitment to shared action, mutual collaboration and closer cooperation among education actors and stakeholders in Southeast Asia in advancing the quality of learning and ensuring a wider access to education in the region

To view the programme, please visit: http://ice-moeth2017.seameo.org/programme
To register, please visit: http://ice-moeth2017.seameo.org/register

About ICE2017: Co-organized by the Ministry of Education, Thailand and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), ICE2017 (www.ice-moeth2017.seameo.org) brings together diverse education actors and stakeholders representing the governments of SEAMEO Member Countries as well as public and private education institutions and agencies. The Congress will be a platform for the participants to share new learning paradigms and practices, exchange their perspectives on current issues and concerns surrounding education in Southeast Asia and build regional consensus on how education can effectively contribute towards the promotion of human development at the community, country and regional level.

For information on the organizers, please visit the websites of:
The Minister of Education, Thailand - www.bic.moe.go.th
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - www.seameo.org

For enquiries please contact:

International Congress on Education Committee
E-mail: ice-moeth2017@seameo.org
Website: www.ice-moeth2017.seameo.org

Ministry of Education, Thailand:
Mrs Phimwarat Muangnil
Chief of Regional Cooperation Unit 
Bureau of International Cooperation
Office of Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education
Tel: +66 (0) 26285646/2816370 Ext 108-110
E-mail: phim_ot@yahoo.com

SEAMEO Secretariat:
Dr Pattama Punthawangkul
Programme Officer I
SEAMEO Secretariat
Tel: +66 (0) 2391-0144/2391-0256
Ext 201
E-mail: pattama@seameo.org