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

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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