44th SEAMEO Council Conference endorses landmark resolutions to further strengthen cooperation in education

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council made significant decisions that did not only mark a milestone in its history, but also guaranteed stronger cooperation in education to truly provide Education for All in the region during its 44th Annual Conference hosted by Thailand on 5-8 April 2009 at the Sheraton Grande Laguna Hotel, Phuket, Thailand.

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The Ministry of Education, Malaysia, hosted the 43rd SEAMEO Council Conference in Kuala Lumpur, gathering all the education ministers and high officials of the 11 SEAMEO member states in the annual meeting that took up issues on access, equity and quality of education, among other education policies and initiatives. In coordination with the SEAMEO Secretariat, the 43rd SEAMEC was held on 13-14 March 2008 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It was preceded by the ICT Conference and Exhibition on 10-12 March 2008 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The highlights of this year’s council conference are the signing of the renewed Agreement between SEAMEO and UNESCO, the Policy Forum led by MOE Malaysia that discussed “Bridging the Education Gap: Improving Access, Equity and Quality – Southeast Asia and Beyond,” and a discussion forum on the progress of Education for All in Southeast Asia.

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The Conference of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Council (SEAMEO Council), the policy-making body of the Organization, is convened by the Secretariat some time in January through March each year. It may meet in an Extraordinary Session. It is attended by Ministers of Education of Member Countries, representatives of Associate Members, Centre and Network Directors and Coordinators, SEAMEO Secretariat officers, and observers from donor governments, foundations, international organizations and agencies.

The 42nd SEAMEC was held from 13-15 March 2007 at the Westin Hotel Nusa Dua, with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono opening the conference with a keynote speech noting SEAMEO’s key role in supporting closer regional integration. The ministers proceeded to the Royal Pita Maha in Ubud on 16 March for the 2nd ASED, a conference jointly organized by the SEAMEO and ASEAN.

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The Conference of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Council (SEAMEO Council), the policy-making body of the Organization, is convened by the Secretariat some time in January through March each year. It may meet in an Extraordinary Session. It is attended by Ministers of Education of Member Countries, representatives of Associate Members, Centre and Network Directors and Coordinators, SEAMEO Secretariat officers, and observers from donor governments, foundations, international organizations and agencies.

The 41st SEAMEO Council Conference was held 22-24 March 2006 in Singapore. Indonesia will host the 42nd SEAMEO Council Conference in early 2007.

The SEAMEO Education Ministers and officials, representatives of Associate Member Countries and partners during the opening of the 41st SEAMEO Council Conference on 22 March 2006 in Singapore.

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