38TH SEAMEO HIGH OFFICIALS MEETING CONVENEDTHE AGENDA REFLECTS COMMITMENT TO THE SEAMEO 7 PRIORITY AREAS AND THE GROWING COLLABORATION WITHIN SEAMEO AND ALSO WITH VARIOUS PARTNERS
SEAMEO high-level education officials met from 30 November to 1 December 2015 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand for the 38th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting which discussed, among others, the initiatives in implementation of SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas, identified by a ministerial meeting of the SEAMEO Council in September 2014 in Lao PDR . The SEAMEO High Officials Meeting expressed support to the implementation of the SEA-TVET, the SEA-Digital Class Programme, and the SEAMEO Mangrove Conservation Education. The meeting also took note and supported the establishment of a SEAMEO STAR village in Indonesia and a SEAMEO Smart City, also in Indonesia for the initial stage.
HE General Dapong Ratanasuwan, Minister of Education of Thailand, presided over the Opening Ceremony, and Assoc Professor Kamjon Tatiyakavee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education of Thailand chaired the meeting.
SEAMEO CELLL ATTENDS REGIONAL EXPERT MEETING TO DEVELOP REGIONAL STANDARDS FOR COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRES AND AN ASIA-PACIFIC COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK FOR LIFELONG LEARNING (19-20 November, Bangkok)
Within the framework of the project “Transforming Education and Training Systems to Create Lifelong Learning Societies in the Asia-Pacific”whose overall objective is to assist countries in the region in reorienting their education and training systems towards creating lifelong learning socities, national experts from seven countries in the region (Bangladesh, China, Japan, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vietnam) were invited to participate in national education sector reviews and a research framework as well as research methodology development (30 April – 1 May, 2015 at Novotel Ploenchit, Bangkok.)
To initiate the second phase of the project, UNESCO Bangkok organised a two-day expert meeting on 19-20 November 2015 at Pullman Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. An eminent panel of lifelong learning experts based in the Asia-Pacific region representing various sectors (research and academia, private sector, development partners, UN agencies, CSOs) were invited to participate in this regional consultation.
The main objective of the meeting is to design a preliminary version of the regional CLC standards and the Asia-Pacific Competency Framework for Lifelong Learning. The meeting also provides a platform for the national experts to discuss substantive issues related to lifelong learning that could impact the development of these regional instruments.
On 16 and 17 November, SEAMEO CELLL attended SEAMEO Workshops on the New Education Agenda: 7 Priority Areas in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The participants had an opportunity to share their centres’ flagship projects under the priority areas and were able to gain insights into the Ministry of Education Indonesia’s on-going education initiatives. During the consultation meeting, the centre researchers had the opportunity to develop common research priorities and collaborative research activities, while the secretaries were able to establish meaningful ICT-based communication strategies to support the SEAMEO directors, researchers and knowledge managers in fulfilling activities, projects and programs to achieve the SEAMEO NEW EDUCATION AGENDA: 7 Priority Areas. The meeting resulted in 31 TOR, which will also act as initiatives for Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.
Previously on 13 September 2014, Education Ministers of SEAMEO member states met in Vientiane, Lao PDR at the SEAMEO Strategic Dialogue of Education Ministers (SDEM) together with observers from Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and proposed 7 priority areas for cooperation in SEAMEO in the next twenty years. The proposal was endorsed at 48th SEAMEO Council Conference. SEAMEO Centres have since embarked on projects in these areas.
The Seven Priority Areas are:
1. Achieving universal Early Childhood Care and Education
2. Addressing Barriers to Inclusion
3. Ensuring Resiliency in the Face of Emergencies
4. Promoting Technical and Vocational Education and Training
5. Revitalising Teacher Education
6. Promoting Harmonisation in Higher Education and Research
7. Adopting a 21st Century Curriculum.