SEAMEO Journal 2020 Special Issue on “Maximising Learning: Education Responses during COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond”


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As the pandemic is still on-going globally and has created such a “New Normal” ways of life, all the education stakeholders must evolve and support each other to adapt to the situation. In correspondence to Priority Area No. 2 “Addressing Barriers to Inclusion” and Priority Area No.3 “Disaster Risk Management” of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), it is essential for SEAMEO to act and publish the best practice responses and innovation to enhance access to education and mitigate the impacts of the education during emergency time toward students and teachers.

The recommendation for best practices documentation development was also stated both in joint-statement in SEAMEO Ministerial Policy e-Forum on COVID-19 Response1 and the High Officials Meeting Recommendations on Advancing School Safety and Resilience in the Southeast Asian region2 (Bohol Statement), which was developed during the 8th Annual Forum for High Officials of Basic Education of SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Member Countries 20-23 August 2019.

To gain insights of the learning situation and youth well-being in the region at the initial stage, the survey was conducted by SEAMEO Secretariat to portray the impacts of the pandemic on Southeast Asian youth (15-25 years). Majority of the respondents at 36.96% reported that they were facing challenges and difficulties on education and career. Apart from the fear of health and life, 56.95% of the respondents reported a lack of resources (e.g. Wi-Fi, digital equipment). Moreover, a high number of respondents at 65% expressed their needs of support for Access to education/ classes via online learning platforms and others, which is only second to the need for health care supplies and safety equipment. 3It could be concluded from the survey that Southeast Asian youths have experienced learning difficulties and expressed the needs of learning support.

Building on the surveyed information, the further question to be addressed is how education stakeholders have responded to the disruption and fulfilled the educational needs of students and what are best practices that have already been implemented in the region.

As a result, SEAMEO deems it is necessary to call for papers to develop the documentation to capture best practices from schools all over the world, which could be used to assist the operations and collaborations of schools and education stakeholders to a smooth transition to “New Normal” education.

1Joint Statement of Ministers of Education SEAMEO Ministerial Policy e-Forum on COVID-19 Response. Page 2 Paragraph 4.
2Report on the 8th Annual Forum for High Officials of Basic Education of SEAMEO Member Countries and Associate Member Countries 20-23 August 2019, SEAMEO Secretariat, 2019.
3Report on Southeast Asian Youth during COVID-19 Pandemic: Embracing the “New Normal” and the Future of Work, SEAMEO Secretariat, 2020.


The SEAMEO Journal 2020 Special Issue aims to consolidate the papers on best practices from SEAMEO Member Countries in response to COVID-19. The publication will:

  1. Provide a platform to showcase the Best Practices of education responses to the pandemic and school closures in the region
  2. Identify opportunities and challenges faced by schools in SEA during the pandemic period
  3. Consolidate the policy changes and ways forward for “New Normal” in education
  4. Identify ways to address the needs of disadvantaged students learning through remote education

Paper Scope

The Scope of the paper accepted would be circled around the education in response to emergency and innovations for inclusive education, namely:

  1. Best Practices of alternative teaching methods/modules in educational institutions, both Basic Education and Higher Education.
  2. The scalability of national response and existing solutions at the regional level that may help contribute to the post-COVID-19 plans of actions and agenda.
  3. Concrete action plans and recommendations on post-COVID-19 habilitation initiatives to reach the unreached children in a remote area.
  4. The policies, tools, and strategies that could be suggested to policymakers to improve youth situation in the New Normal way of life.
  5. The contribution of education stakeholders in shaping the future of cultural learning and practices in Southeast Asia post-COVID-19.

Timeline for Paper Submission and Selection

Activity Timeline
Call for the Paper [Open to Public] 31 August 2020
Submission of the Paper [Deadline] 19 October 2020
Paper Acceptance Notification 15 November 2020

Contact Information

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Dr Orawan Sriboonruang

Programme Officer II
(Research and Evaluation)

Ms Weerawan Theeraroungchaisri

Programme Assistant