On 31 July, 2017, SEAMEO CELLL had the pleasure to welcome Ms Padmini Iyer and Mr Caine Rolleston, education researchers from the University of Oxford. During the visit, both parties exchanged information concerning SEAMEO, SEAMEO CELLL and the ongoing study of Young Lives.
Young Lives is a University of Oxford-based longitudinal study of child poverty that has been following 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India (in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), Peru and Vietnam for the past 17 years. The study aims to shed light on the drivers and impacts of child poverty, and generate evidence to help policymakers design programmes that make a real difference to poor children and their families. More information on the study can be found at http://younglives.org.uk/
After the presentations, SEAMEO CELLL appreciated the meaningfulness of the study and expressed willingness to provide necessary information assistance. The centre also suggested that the researchers seek additional support from other SEAMEO centres to further benefit the study.
SEAMEO CELLL ORGANISES PLANNING MEETING FOR PHASE TWO OF PROJECT TOWARDS A LIFELONG LEARNING AGENDA IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES
On 25 July 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia, SEAMEO CELLL organised a planning meeting to decide on the best approach to organising in-country policy forums on lifelong learning for Southeast Asian countries. This meeting is a preparatory step for phase two of the known project Towards a lifelong learning agenda in Southeast Asian countries, which the centre has been undertaking under the financial and technical support of UIL. One of the key outcomes of phase one of the project is a compendium documenting the good policies and practices in lifelong learning from 11 SEAMEO countries, and the policy forums, which belong to phase two, aim to engage key lifelong learning actors both within and outside education in multi-sectoral dialogues on the promotion of lifelong learning in each country, based on findings from the compendium.
Attending the meeting were leaders and representatives of major stakeholders (like UIL and DVV Iternational), SEAMEO Secretariat, and SEAMEO units. The meeting concluded that all 11 Southeast Asian countries would be encouraged to hold policy forums and prepare their action plans for upholding, and upscaling lifelong learning. This series of policy forums is expected to span a period of four months, ending in early December this year. SEAMEO CELLL is responsible for monitoring all these events.