The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat, the UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), and the UNICEF’s Regional Office for East Asia organized a one-day regional consultation to generate feedback on a proposed prototype framework for measuring learning outcomes on 10 January 2013 at the SEAMEO-UNESCO Building, Bangkok, Thailand.

The prototype framework for measuring learning outcomes is the output of an initiative of UNESCO, through its Institute for Statistics, and the Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution to identify common learning goals to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for children and youth worldwide. A Learning Metrics Task Force (LMTF) was convened for this project. Along with other organizations and agencies, the SEAMEO Secretariat has been invited to be part of the Task Force.

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The Commission on Higher Education, Thailand conferred the "Best Practice Award" to SEAMEO TROPMED Thailand in recognition of its leadership in the field of tropical medicine and in appreciation of its continuing contribution to the knowledge needed to make a substantial positive difference to tropical healthcare problems in Southeast Asia, particularly through the Centre's International Graduate Program in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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SEAMEO QITEP in Language conducts workshop to develop mother tongue-based multilingual education pilot projects in Indonesia

Responding to the various resolutions of the SEAMEO Council, SEAMEO QITEP in Language has been conducting various activities to continue the coordination of initiatives on multilingual education in SEAMEO Member Countries. The latest of which is the workshop titled "Design and Development of Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education Programme" which was conducted on 12-15 September 2011 at the Ibis Arcadia Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia which produced a set of needs analysis instruments for school principals, teachers, parents, community leaders and other local education officials who will be involved in establishing potential pilot projects on multilingual education in some provinces in Indonesia.

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The fourth regular meeting between SEAMEO and the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education was held on 26 September 2011 at the Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building, Bangkok.

The meeting was chaired by the Director of UNESCO Bangkok, Dr Gwang-Jo Kim and co-chaired by the Director of SEAMEO Secretariat, Dr Witaya Jeradechakul. Mr Haji Mahrub bin Haji Murni, Permanent Secretary (Core Education), Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam represented the SEAMEO Council President at the meeting. He was accompanied by Mr Aminudin Mohd Yaakub from the Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam. Over 30 UNESCO and SEAMEO participants attended the meeting including the heads of units and key officers of UNESCO Bangkok, representatives from SEAMEO SPAFA and SEAMEO TROPMED Network, as well as key officers of the SEAMEO Secretariat.

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