SEAMEO CELLL ATTEND THE STUDY EXCHANGE ASIA-PACIFIC STUDY EXCHANGE ON REALISING LIFELONG LEARNING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEMS
From 27 to 30 November 2017 SEAMEO CELLL attended the study exchange Asia-
Pacific Study Exchange on Realising Lifelong Learning in Public Education Systems
co-organised by the Office of the Non-formal and Informal Education (ONIE),
Ministry of Education of Thailand and the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic
and Adult Education (ASPBAE) in Bangkok. With a focus on youth and adult learning
and education, the workshop gathered 35 representatives working in this field from
The workshop featured indoors presentations and discussion, and filed trips to non-
formal and informal education centres (NIE centres) in Thailand. As a saying goes,
"Seeing is believing," the participants were taken to three NIE centres to witness community-based learning activities, listened to introductions by the management and were convinced of the communal benefits of these centres. The centres were the community digital centre (1) in Chonburi province, the community learning centre of the New Theory Farming (2) in Chachoengsao province, and the vocational skills trainning centre for women in Phra Nakhon Si, Ayutthaya province. Due to the long distances to these places, the delegation returned very late in the evening but were so motivated by what they had seen that they started the reflection session
immediately to review facts about the centres and draw lessons.
During the indoors presentation and discussion, a wealth of inspiring presentations
on Adult Learning and Education, and non-formal education were made. SEAMEO
CELLL introduced the compendium Lifelong Learning in Transformation: Promising
Practices in Southeast Asian Countries, which is one outcome of the regional project
Towards a Lifelong Learning Agenda in Southeast Asian Countries which the centre
has been conducting for two years, and delivered a summary of good and promising
LLL practices in these countries. SEAMEO CELLL also shared their thoughts on the
concept of LLL and adult learning and education. The sharing was well received by
the workshop participants.
On the last day of the workshop, ONIE representatives gave a detailed description of
Thai non-formal education curriculum, an inspiring presentation packed with
interesting facts about this system which was highly appreciated by the participants.
The case of Thailand promises to be a good source of lessons to learn from and to
properly apply in other countries.
The workshop concluded after four tightly-packed workdays. The participants parted
with a renewed zest to contribute to non-formal adult learning and education in their
countries in ways they had learned from each other. A new network of non-formal
adult learning and education had been established.
(1) A community digital centre is where local people can come and learn about
application of informatic technology, especially the Internet. For example, they learn
how to use the Internet to market their products, instead of using brick-and- mortar
(2) The New Theory Farming was introduced by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It
proposes the division of any area of land into four portions: 30% is reserved for
ponds which store water for use in the dry season, 30% for rice cultivation, 30% for
gardening, and the reset 10% for housing.