During the SEAMEO Council President's visit to the SEAMEO Secretariat on 17 July 1996, His Excellency Sukavich Rangsitpol announced that many of the primary schools in rural Thailand are considered "backward" compared to schools that receive funding from the community in addition to government allocations. A prime example is the Ban Prue Wai Primary School of the Chachoengsao Province which H E Sukavich Rangsitpol proposed to the SEAMEO Secretariat Director to adopt. The SEAMEO Secretariat Director accepted the SEAMEO Council President's proposal and promised to assess the needs of the school in order to improve its present condition.
The first official visit to the school was conducted upon invitation of the SEAMEO Council President during the SEAMEO Centre Directors Meeting (CDM) on 24 July 1996. The SEAMEO Secretariat Director, SEAMEO Centres' Directors, and other SEAMEO Staff toured the school and its facilities. The Centre Directors agreed at the CDM to adopt the Ban Prue Wai Primary School as a SEAMEO community involvement project.
A report on the project was presented before the 32nd SEAMEO Council Conference in February 1997 in Manila. The Council recommended that SEAMEO Community Involvement Project undertake the development and promotion of a school adoption programme in Member Countries.
Under the Council's recommendation, three SEAMEO Centres have adopted four primary schools. In the Philippines, SEAMEO INNOTECH adopted two primary schools: Toro Hills Elementary School and Pura Kalaw Elementary School in Quezon City. Also in the Philippines, SEAMEO SEARCA adopted the Maahas Elementary School in Los Banos, Laguna. In Brunei Darussalam, SEAMEO VOCTECH adopted Jerudong Primary School. Including the Ban Prue Wai Primary School, SEAMEO has adopted five primary schools altogether.