SEAMEO gives recognition to the winner of the 2010 SEAMEO-Australia Press Award

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization honoured the winner of the 2010 SEAMEO-Australia Press Award during the 46th SEAMEO Council Conference on 27 January 2011 in Brunei Darussalam.  The SEAMEO Council President and Minister of Education, Brunei Darussalam, H E Pehin Abu Bakar Apong, presented the plaque of recognition to Ms Melclaire S Delfin, Senior Correspondent, GMA Network, Inc., Philippines.

On its eleventh and final year, the 2010 SEAMEO-Australia Press Award focused on the theme "Innovation in Education" which made way for effective reporting and documentation of new ideas and approaches in providing education for all.

Ms Melclaire Delfin's article titled "Palengskwela: Bringing the school to the market" reported on a system of learning for out-of-school youth and adults in the Philippines who did not finish basic education and do not have time and opportunity to go back to formal school.  The Alternative Learning System is implemented by the Department of Education, Philippines and is an excellent concept that is easily adoptable and relevant to many parts of Southeast Asia.

As part of her prize, Ms Melclaire Delfin will undertake a three-week internship at the Melbourne Age Newspaper in Melbourne, Australia. 

Ms Marie Grealy, Counsellor (Education), Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia delivered a speech on the SEAMEO-Australia Press Award and announced the winner.

SEAMEO and the Australian Government coordinated to make this recognition possible through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in Australia and the Australian Education International of the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and its Asia Link Centre.

Announcement of Winner

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat
expresses thanks to all journalists, student journalists and education communicators who participated in the 2010 SEAMEO-Australia Press Award and announces the 2010 winner.

"Palengskwela: Bringing the school to the market"

written by Ms Melclaire S Delfin (Philippines)

and published on GMANews.TV (, Philippines, 29 November 2010

Melclaire Delfin is a senior correspondent at GMA Network, Inc. in the Philippines.  She writes and produces TV reports on various political, social and environmental issues since June 2005 up to the present.  She is also a contributing writer at and writes special reports on women, children, environment, human rights, health and education. (Read more)

The following are the top 14 articles.  Click on the title to read the articles.

Rank Title of Article   Author Country of Citizenship
  Palengskwela: Bridging the school to the market Published Ms Melclaire Delfin Philippines
  Learning to be happy Published Ms Supara Janchitfah Thailand
  From Dust to Dutch: Changing Conservative Mindset in Educating Children of the Poor Unpublished Ms Miranda Syevira Indonesia
  Stepping in, Stepping up: A tale of empowering the agents of education Unpublished Mr Julius Martinez Philippines
  Cyber-learning: Thai university uses new media tools to teach English more effectively Unpublished Ms Analiza Liezl Amurao Philippines
  Open Opportunity for Handicapped Children in Yogyakarta Unpublished Ms Veronica Ninna May Anggraeni Indonesia

Indonesia Mengajar (Indonesia Teaches): Youth's Initiative Catalyzing Indonesia's Vision in Education

Unpublished Ms Arliska Fatma Rosi Indonesia

Sustaining the Reading Tradition as Global with Goodreads (Goodreads Indonesia Phenomenon)

Unpublished Ms Sari Riantika Damayanti Indonesia
  Cultivating Cambodian Minds Published Mr Tivea Koam Cambodia

SEAMEO and Kidzania, Together in Developing Children

Unpublished Ms Reni Oktari Indonesia
  Indonesia Mengajar:A breakthrough of qualified education equalization in Indonesia Unpublished Mr Agung Setiyo Wibowo Indonesia

Cooperative Learning and Revitalization Education for Higher Education in Indonesia; A Case Study of Sarjana Wiyata University Yogyakarta

Unpublished Ms Ruth Hastutiningsih Indonesia
  Young Malaysian Ambassadors Published Ms Christina Chin Malaysia
  Are Orphanages No Longer Effective for Child Development? Published Mr Eka Bahtera Indonesia

2010 SEAMEO-Australia Press Award Committee

Dato' Dr Ahamad bin Sipon
Director, SEAMEO Secretariat

Vice Chair:
Mr Scott J Evans
Counsellor (Education), Australian Education International
Australian Embassy, Bangkok

Dr Branford James Johnson
Education Editor, The Bangkok Post
Mr Noorhaizamdin Abdullah
Deputy Director for Programme and Develeopment, SEAMEO Secretariat
Ms Rojana Manowalailao
Media and Communications Officer, UNESCO Bangkok
Mr Girard Philip E Bonotan
Documentations Officer, SEAMEO SPAFA

Abigail Cuales Lanceta
Programme Officer (Information), SEAMEO Secretariat

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Vietnam garners 2008 SEAMEO-Australia Press Award

Ms Nguyen Thi Kim Loan, a Journalist with the Business Forum Newspaper based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam garnered the 2008 SEAMEO-Australia Press Award.

With the theme "Reporting on Reaching the Unreached in Education", Ms Nguyen's winning article presented an inspiring account of the sacrifices of teachers, school officials and the community to ensure that every single child in the mountainous and cold Van Ban District of Lao Cai Province in northern Vietnam receives quality education. In the midst of poverty, the story told of the impressive effort of the school and how it worked with the community to bring into fruition the real essence of and commitment to providing Education for All, including the disadvantaged and the underprivileged.



The Award was conferred to Ms Loan by H E Mr Jurin Laksanawisit, SEAMEO Council President and Minister of Education of Thailand; and Ms Anne Reynolds, Counsellor (Education), Australian Education International, Australian Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand in a formal ceremony on the occasion of the 44th SEAMEO Council Conference on 6 April 2009 at the Sheraton Grande Laguna Hotel, Phuket, Thailand.

Ms Loan received a plaque of recognition. The Award includes a three-week study visit and internship at the Melbourne Age Newspaper in Australia.

The SEAMEO-Australia Press Award recognizes excellent coverage of education issues by journalists in Southeast Asia. SEAMEO and the Australian Government coordinate to make this recognition possible through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Australian Education International of the Australian Embassy in Bangkok.

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Ms Avigail Olarte receives the plaque of recognition on behalf of the winner, Ms Vinia Datinguinoo-Mukherjee of the Philippine Center for investigative Journalism. Dr Wendy Jarvie, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations of Australia, and YM Tengku Datin Seri Marsilla Tengku Abdullah, wife of Malaysian Education Minister Dato Sri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein, handed the award during the 43rd SEAMEO Council Conference on 13 March 2008 in Kuala Lumpur. Ms Mukherjee's winning article is entitled, "Muslim Classes Come Alive".

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