Webinar in Celebration of the International Day of Education, “To Invest in People, Prioritize Education”


A. Background

The fifth International Day of Education will be celebrated on 24 January 2023 with the theme “to invest in people, prioritize education”.1 Building on the gains and commitments from the UN Transforming Education Summit (TES) last September 2022, this celebration will highlight the urgency of translating these commitments into concrete action through continued advocacy and engagement with key education stakeholders. Prioritising education will empower the teachers, education personnel, and most importantly, the learners through the provision of equitable and inclusive quality education. This will also help accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as prepare schools and communities for the changes and disruptions happening in the world.

In celebration of this, SEAMEO Secretariat will be conducting a webinar celebrating the International Day of Education on 24 January 2023, Tuesday, 10.00 AM to 11.30 AM (GMT+7, Bangkok Time). The webinar will discuss key topics to ensure that education is prioritised by key stakeholders and movers to ensure the transformation of education and highlight topics such as digitalisation, youth engagement, foundational learning, and greening education.

1 https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/education_day_2023-cn-en.pdf


B. Objectives

The Webinar in Celebration of the International Day of Education seeks to discuss how to prioritise education in light of the commitments in the Transforming Education Summit. Specifically, this webinar aims to:

  • Share and highlight the commitments and action points from the Transforming Education Summit; and
  • Provide specific action points on prioritizing education in line with selected key concerns such as early childhood education and youth engagement, among others.


Learning Event Webinar in Celebration of the International Day of Education
Theme To Invest in People, Prioritize Education
Date 24 January 2023, Tuesday
Time 10.00 AM to 11.30 AM (GMT+7, Bangkok Time)
Registration Fee No
  • Policymakers
  • Education leaders
  • School heads, principals
  • Teacher/Lecturers from schools, learning centres, TVET Institutions, universities, and colleges
  • Pre-service teacher students
  • Students, youth leaders, and youth organization
  • Community leaders
Agenda Click to download
Pre-registration http://link.seameo.org/webinarreg/20230124

How to join the YouTube Live Session Participants can join the live session by clicking the link or scan the QR code below.


e-Certificate of Participation The e-Certificate of Participation will be provided to the participants who fill-up the “Certificate Validation Form” of which details will appear at the end of the event.


C. Speakers


Welcome and Closing Message

Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela
Director, SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand
Transforming Education Agenda: From Commitments to Action

Ms Margarete Sachs-Israel

Chief of Section for Inclusive Quality Education
UNESCO Bangkok
Transforming Education in the Philippines

Dr Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros (TBC)

Director, International Cooperation Office
Department of Education, Philippines
Prioritising Early Childhood Education

Ms Evelyn Santiago (TBC)

Executive Director
Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)    
Greening Education              

Ms Won Jung Byun

Programme Specialist, Section of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
UNESCO Paris, France
Youth Declaration on Transforming Education

Ms Kenisha Arora

SDG4Youth Executive Committee Representative


D. Focal Person
  • Mr Emiljohn Columna Sentillas
    Policy and Planning Specialist
    SEAMEO Secretariat