SEAMEO Secretariat is one of the organising partners for the 5th International Conference on Language and Education: Sustainable Development through Education (MLE5) on 7-9 October 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Over a decade, Open Education Resources (OER) has been gaining attention due to its potential in widening access to education at all levels with the integration of lifelong learning concepts both in formal and non-formal system. It is also expected to improve cost-efficiency and quality of teaching and learning outcomes. Recognizing what OER can bring about to the education development, UNESCO had convened the World OER Congress in Paris in June 2012, which announced the 2012 Paris OER Declaration. In order to operationalize the 2012 Paris OER Declaration in context of Southeast Asia, UNESCO, with sponsorship from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, has launched the project to assist the Philippines in developing OER-based curriculum for teacher education, which will be pilot-studied in the next academic year.

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The SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with Yogyakarta State University held the meeting title ‘the 2nd Evaluation Meeting: Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia (SEA-Teacher Project) on 8-9 October 2016 at UNY Hotel, Ballroom, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The purpose of the meeting is to review and evaluate the implementation of the 2nd batch of SEA-Teacher project and to discuss and plan for the 3rd batch with more universities in January 2017.

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SEAMEO in collaboration with the Office of the Education Council (OEC) Thailand, the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), and the National Institute of Education Sciences (NIES) of the People's Republic of China organised the Third Meeting of the Southeast Asia-China Education Research Network (SEA-CERN) from 5 to 6 September 2016 at Amari Watergate Bangkok, Thailand.

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The online meeting with Rajabhat Universities, Thailand was conducted on 12 September 2016 The purpose of the meeting is to inform the universities about Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia (SEA-Teacher project) and invite them to join the 3rd batch of SEA-Teacher project that will be implemented in January 2017.

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The Symposium with the theme “Learning and Sharing towards Internationalisation and Harmonisation” was hosted by Office of the Vocational Commission under the Ministry of Education Thailand in collaboration with SEAMEO on 29-31 August 2017 in Krabi, Thailand. The event was organised in response to the regional policy directions and recommendations from the TVET High Official Meeting in May 2016 in Bali to promote knowledge sharing, and 21st century and innovative thinking skills of TVET students and teachers.

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