Last updated: 10May2018

The Regional Workshop on Education in Emergencies and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Towards the Development of a Regional Guide
28-29 May 2018
The Linden Suites, Ortigas Center, Manila, the Philippines


Since 2015, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education has approved of SEAMEO Education Agenda to direct the countries and SEAMEO units in the region to focus the development schemes in some or all of the seven priority areas namely, 1) Early childhood care and education, 2) Addressing barriers to inclusion, 3) Resiliency in the face of emergencies, 4) Promoting technical and vocational education and training,
5) Revitalising teacher education, 6) Promoting harmonization in higher education and research, and
7) Adopting a 21st century curriculum.  From then on, there have been programmes and activities implemented by the ministries as well as SEAMEO Secretariat and Centres according to the priority areas.  Several programmes were also undertaken with partners and agencies who have mutual interest and aim.

In 2016, the Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SDEM II) announced the Action agenda which recommended SEAMEO Secretariat to increasingly focus on 2 Priority Areas: “Addressing Barriers to Inclusion” and “Resiliency in the Face of Emergencies.” Furthermore, UNESCAP found that challenges that hinder the countries in Southeast Asia to achieve SDG4 (ensure quality education for all) include not only household economic and culture factors, in some countries, natural calamities and armed conflicts also cause a significant impact.  The Economy and Environment Programme for Southeast Asia pointed out the most vulnerable areas from climate change in Southeast Asia in 2008 includes most regions of Cambodia, northern and eastern Lao PDR, the Bangkok region of Thailand, the Mekong River Delta region of Viet Nam, western and southern Sumatra and western and eastern Java of Indonesia, and all regions of the Philippines. 

From the Regional Conference on Education in Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness organised by SEAMEO INNOTECH in the Philippines in 2013, it was found that several countries in Southeast Asia have vast experiences of devastation caused by disasters on the education sectors.  To be proactively prevent further damage in educational facilities and promote education units to be agents for disaster risk reduction and management, SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with Department of Education Philippines and SEAMEO INNOTECH will convene the Regional Workshop on Education in Emergencies (EIE) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM): Towards the Development of a Regional Guide.  This workshop will be held in Manila, the Philippines on 28 and 29 May 2018. 

Overall Objectives

The Regional Workshop on EIE and DRRM aims to:

  • Provide opportunities for the EIE/DRRM expert and policy maker to share their practices and learn from one another; and
  • Contribute to the development of a regional guidebook and framework for EIE & DRRM.

Expected Outputs

The meeting is expected to have a draft regional guidebook for education in emergencies and disaster risk reduction.


The participants will be consisted of 1 representative from each SEAMEO Member Country.  The representative should be an EIE/DRRM expert and policy maker.


The meeting programme is presented in Annex I.

Funding Mechanism

This meeting is on cost-sharing basis as follows.

  • The Department of Education Philippines will cover local cost (3-night accommodation, meals, airport transfer, and local transportation for the study visit.
  • SEAMEO Secretariat will cover airfares*, expenses of moderators and officers from SEAMEO Secretariat, and token of appreciation for speakers and resource persons. 
  • SEAMEO INNOTECH will provide experts on EIE and DRR.
  • SEAMEO Member Countries will subsidise other related expenses for the representatives.

Meeting Venue & Accommodation

SEAMEO INNOTECH: SEAMEO Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology
Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines
International House Tel: (632) 927-6510; (632) 926-1546


SEAMEO Secretariat (for programme and participants’ airfares)
Dr Pattama Punthawangkul
Programme Officer I
Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organization Secretariat
Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building
920 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand
Tel:         +66 (0) 2391 0144, 2391 0256
Fax:        +66 (0) 2381 2587

Department of Education, Philippines (for logistics in the Philippines)
Ms Farida Bianca P Velicaria
International Cooperation Office
Department of Education
Tel:         +63 2 637 6463
Fax:        +63 2 637 6462