The Republic of the Indonesia, through its Ministry of Education and Culture, hosted 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. 


Group Photo of SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Member Country in Opening Ceremony


The conference was officially opened by His Excellency Prof Dr Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Education and Culture, Indonesia and His Excellency Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Minister of Education, Thailand.


Opening Speech, Welcome Speech and Official Opening


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 such as UNESCO, UNICEF, UN-HABITAT, GIZ, DAAD, and the ASEAN Secretariat attended the Conferences.

The 49th SEAMEC back-to-back with the Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers meeting aim to foster stronger cooperation on education among Southeast Asian countries and beyond.  The 49th SEAMEO Council Conference led to the inauguration of the establishment of 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) respectively. It is expected that the establishment of three new Centres can accelerate the progress in providing quality Education for All (EFA) in Southeast Asia.


Officially Hand Over Legal Documents of SEAMEO TED, SEAMEO CED and SEAMEO CECCEP


An important highlight of the 49th SEAMEC is the Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SDEM) on Education Agenda 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””. During the meeting the SEAMEO Council engaged 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 SEAMEO Centres and fostering stronger collaboration with the Ministries of Education of member countries, associate members, affiliate members, relevant agencies and partners.


Plenary and SDEM 3 Sessions


The 49th SEAMEO Council adopted the Jakarta Framework for Action for SEAMEO Education Agenda: Towards Achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Its concluded with some directives from the Education Ministers on relevant action of SEAMEO Education Agenda and Seven Priority Areas for SEAMEO to pursue. Besides, the SEAMEO Council assigned SEAMEO Secretariat to promote the success stories from each country derived from the SDEM 3 to be disseminated to other regions.

Beginning in 2013, the SEAMEO Council Conference is convened biennially. The Conference is hosted by the Member Countries on rotation basis. Malaysia will host the 50th SEAMEO Council Conference in the year 2019.

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