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SEAMEO, having harnessed vast experience in education in Southeast Asia for the past 50 years recognises that its challenges beyond 2015 will be even more demanding, calling for greater urgency to develop a new regional agenda that will drive SEAMEO to promote excellence in education, science and culture.

As part of this initiative, a ministerial meeting of the SEAMEO Council was convened in Lao PDR in September 2014 as part of SEAMEO’s flagship projects, the SEAMEO College. The outcome from the meeting was the distillation of Seven Priority Areas of SEAMEO on Education to be promoted for the next twenty years (2015-2035).

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has been identified as one of the seven priority areas for educational development in Southeast Asia from 2015 to 2035. This was officially confirmed by the Southeast Asian ministers of education at the Strategic Dialogue of Education Ministers (SDEM) meeting held in Lao PDR in September 2014.

The SEA Teacher Project or the “Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia” is a project that aims to provide opportunity for pre-service student teachers from universities in Southeast Asia to have teaching experiences (practicum) in schools in other countries in Southeast Asia. 

Based on the SEAMEO seven priority areas for the eleven SEAMEO Member countries to work together to improve the quality of education in Southeast Asia, “Revitalizing Teacher Education” is one of the priority areas in building and strengthening capacity of teachers in the region.

The SEAMEO Schools’ Network provides great opportunities and helps schools to improve capacity of administrators, teachers and students through the various topics of face-to-face and online SEAMEO capacity development and training programmes. The SEAMEO school network also aims to develop school partnerships across the region through the teacher and student activities.

The Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) is a regional assessment aiming at setting a common approach to assessing learning outcomes at primary grade 5 students.