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The New Education
Agenda Background
SEAMEO Secretariat has conducted a study on the foresight
of education in Southeast Asia using a futuristic methodology.
The results of the study were summarised to key messages

Priority Areas and endorsed by the SEAMEO Executive Committee (EC)

on 28 August 2014. These key messages were presented as
a background document of the SEAMEO Strategic Dialogue
The SEAMEO Southeast Asian Education of Education Ministers (SDEM) held on 13 September 2014
Agenda are: in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Participants of the meeting included
SEAMEO Member Countries and observers from Asian
1. Achieving universal early childhood care
Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Educational,
and education;
Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the
2. Addressing barriers to inclusion; Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat.
3. Resiliency in the face of emergencies;
The seven Priority Areas were subsequently taken note at
4. Promoting technical and vocational
the 37th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting and presented to
education and training;
SEAMEO Council at the 48th SEAMEO Council Conference. In
5. Revitalising teacher education; the session of the Ministerial Round Table Meeting, SEAMEO
6. Harmonising higher education and Council endorsed these seven Priority Areas of SEAMEO
research; and and announced five recommendations for its implementation
7. Adopting a 21st Century curriculum. starting Fiscal Year 2015/2016.

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Since its inception, the 7 Priority Areas have been
developed and refined by the SEAMEO Council. As
SEAMEO Councils 5
milestones so far, two ministerial level meetings have Recommendation
been convened: Ministerial Round Table Meeting at
SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC 2015) in May SEAMEO Council announced five recommendations
2015 in Chonburi, Thailand, and 2nd Strategic Dialogue a policy direction of SEAMEO during Ministerial
for Education Ministers (SDEM) in Bandung, Indonesia, Round Table Meeting at SEAMEO Council
April 2016 -- each resulted in clearer directions for future Conference, May 2015.
actions by SEAMEO.

The content of this document is based on the proposal

from the SEAMEO Workshop, 16-17 November 2015,
in Jakarta, Indonesia, and subsequent workshops.
Information shown in this brochure is the latest update as
of July 2016.

Utilising the 21 SEAMEO
Regional Centres as the
mechanism to implement
the seven Priority Areas at
the national, regional level
and beyond, and synergising Promoting teachers and
Priority Areas with ASEAN. school leaders competency
SEAMEO standards in SEAMEO
Member Countries.

2 5
Inception of SEAMEOs Linking the seven Priority
Areas with the curriculum Mobilising and sharing of
knowledge, skills and best
7 Priority Areas and moving towards global
citizenship. practices among SEAMEO
Member Countries, namely
SEAMEO Council announced SEAMEOs South- in the areas of TVET, English
proficiency skills, digital

east Asian New Education Agenda 7 Priority Ar- competencies, 21st Century
eas as the outcome of the 1st SDEM, a SEAMEO and employability skills.
College flagship programme in September 2014
in Lao PDR.
Involvement of parents
in the education system
through the partnering with
parents initiatives to foster
common understanding
on quality education to the
parents in the education of
their children.

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SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas + Action Agenda 2016-2020 3

Action Agenda
(Output from the 2nd SDEM, 28 April 2016)

1 A major increase in inter-school

collaboration for 21st Century Learning
to speed up their diffusion in developing
countries through multilateral partnerships.
Promote innovation in teaching and
Bandung Statement learning using the best technology such
SIERRA to help bring back children
1 Revisited the context and reflection which
the Ministers of Education have undergone
to schools, and reach to the most
marginalised children in 200 provinces
in the process of developing the SEAMEO 7 in Southeast Asia (Philippines 25
Priority Areas during the 1st SDEM; we further schools, Thailand 50 schools, Vietnam
noted the need to move beyond our national 10-25 schools, Laos 10-25 schools,
boundaries, thinking as Southeast Asians, Cambodia 10-25, Malaysia 3-5 schools,
solving problems of the Region while building and Indonesia 50 schools).
on our individual countrys strengths;
2 Promote technology in Southeast Asian
2 Recognised that the Region has much to education to dramatically accelerate access
share in ensuring access and relevance of to education for undocumented children
the programmes to the needs of the learners; and those affected by disasters and risks,
given the diversity of needs, resources and including the use of Corporate Social
operational contexts, the shared concerns Responsibility (CSR) framework, adopting
on early childhood education, technical and partner schools of SEAMEO Centres and
vocational education and training, lifelong enhancing access to digital classes.
learning and keeping the child at the centre SEAMEO Centres identify at least 1-10
of learning interventions. In the process of schools in their areas with Internet
introducing innovations on the curriculum and access to participate in SEA Digital
learning content, strong fundamental skills such Class, SEA Teacher and SEA Language
as literacy, numeracy, values as well as social programmes.
and emotional skills should be enhanced;
3 Address barriers to inclusion using public
3 Recognised that public engagement is very and private engagements in Southeast Asian
important to the success of programmes and education, including doubling their partners,
reforms. Different modes and types for public networks and collaborators. The initiative is
engagement done in the Region were explored, coupled with prioritising collaboration with
such as strengthening the school community CLMT countries to accelerate innovation in
partnership, promoting open and shared education, already pioneered by SEAMEO
information, and other modalities. In engaging Centres.
the education workers, particularly teachers, Promote literacy and nutrition
it is necessary to instill more than a sense of programmes to as many as 300 schools
professionalism and technical competence but in Southeast Asia, through School
more of developing the capacity to nurture, Garden Project with the technical
understand and inspire future citizens in our support of SEAMEO BIOTROP and
individual countries. SEAMEO SEARCA.

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4 SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas + Action Agenda 2016-2020

1. Early Childhood Achieving universal pre-primary education

by 2035, with particular target on the

Care and Education disadvantaged, such as poor children; rural

communities; marginalised ethnic and linguistic
communities; and children with disabilities
(ECCE) benefiting the most.

Strategic Approaches Responsible Units Timeline

SEAMEO SEARCA 12 April 2016 -


Develop an enhanced model of health

and nutrition package of services in
support of ECCE to include children SEAMEO RECFON 2016-2021
with special needs
SEAMEO TROPMED Network Centres 2016-2021
SEAMEO TROPMED Philippines 2016-2020
Ensure a well-established system for SEAMEO SEN 2016-2020
2 aarly identification of children with
special needs SEAMEO TROPMED Network Centres 2016-2020

Develop capacity building programmes SEAMEO RETRAC 2016-2020

for ECCE Leaders SEAMEO INNOTECH Feb - Oct 2016
Develop programmes to enhance
4 capacity of ECCE teachers and SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics
caretakers (proposed)

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2. Addressing Barriers to Inclusion

Addressing barriers to inclusion and access to basic learning opportunities of all learners through innovations in
education delivery and management.

Strategic Approaches Responsible Units Timeline

Ensure adoption of 21st Century Curriculum SEAMEO QIM, SEAMEO QIS,

1 2016-2020
through SEA-Digital Class and SEAMEO SEAMOLEC
Develop framework for Quality and inclusive
SEAMEO Secretariat with
2 education developed for marginalised children 2016-2020
in SEAMEO Member Countries
Intensify capacity building programme on SEAMEO SEN, SEAMEO
life skills development for teachers in special CELLL, SEAMEO BIOTROP, May 2016 - Mar
education schools and community learning SEAMEO SEAMOLEC, 2017
Mainstream life skills development activities SEAMEO SEN, SEAMEO
as part of the formal curriculum and/or CELLL, SEAMEO BIOTROP,
4 2016-2020
extracurricular programme in all special SEAMEO SEAMOLEC,
education schools SEAMEO SEARCA
Develop advocacy tools for an inclusive,
SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
5 gender-responsive Lifelong Learning Agenda 2016-2017
Centres, and Partners
for SEAMEO Member Countries
Improve the network of Community Learning
SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
6 Centres in SEAMEO Countries to provide 2016-2020
Centres, and Partners
learning opportunities to all people
Develop assessment tools to identify students SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
7 2016-2020
at risk of dropping out (SARDOS) Centres, and Partners
Ensure integration of indigenous knowledge
SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
8 and practices to promote sustainable 2016-2020
Centres, and Partners
development in school communities
Develop a blended learning model for the SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
9 2016-2020
formal secondary level (lower and upper) Centres, and Partners
Ensure support for Early Grade Reading
Assessment (EGRA)/Early Grade Mathematics SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
10 2016-2020
Assessment (EGMA) or other tools for Centres, and Partners
assessment in primary grade
Develop Regional Standard for Online SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
11 2016-2020
Education Process Centres, and Partners
Develop a system to accredit blended learning SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
12 2016-2020
at regional level Centres, and Partners
Develop a regional framework for Inclusive SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
13 2016-2017
Education Centres, and Partners
Conduct an inventory of good practice in
14 SEAMEO CELLL and partners 2016-2017
lifelong learning in SEA

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6 SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas + Action Agenda 2016-2020

3. Resiliency in the Preparing schools leaders, teachers, students,

and local communities in managing and

Face of Emergencies
maintaining the delivery of education services
during emergencies such as conflicts, extreme
weather, and natural disasters.

Strategic Approaches Responsible Units Timeline

Conduct Regional Training Programmes for School Heads SEAMEO BIOTROP
1 2016-2020
on Community Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) SEAMEO RETRAC

Advocate for School-based Approach in Promoting
2 SEAMEO CHAT Jul 2017-Jun 2022
Disaster Risk Mitigation for Cultural Heritage

Develop of Historical Records of Natural Disaster for SEAMEO BIOTROP

3 2016-2020
policy and programme development SEAMEO CHAT

SEAMEO QITEP in Language
Document and disseminate school-based best practices SEAMEO QITEP in
4 2016-2020
on DRR Mathematics

Strengthen educational research and innovation and

learning and capacity building

Develop modules on nutritional assessment and

6 SEAMEO RECFON 2016-2017
intervention during disasters

Implement learning Science and Mathematics together

7 (LeSMat) with the theme Climate Change Awareness and SEAMEO RETRAC 23-26 May 2016
DRR Education

Continue to support capacity Building to adapt to climate

8 SEAMEO SEARCA 2016-2020
change in Southeast Asia

Develop training courses on climate change adaptation in


Develop a knowledge centre on climate change

10 adaptation in agriculture and natural resource SEAMEO SEARCA Ongoing
management in Southeast Asia

Strengthen SEAMEO SEARCA as a service provider

11 of ADB, Climate Change Commission and other SEAMEO SEARCA 2016-2020
development organizations

Strengthen health-building in mitigating the psychosocial

12 SEAMEO TROPMED 2016-2020
impact of an emergency

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Promoting TVET among

4. Promoting Technical learners, teachers and
parents with more visible

and Vocational Education

investments and relevant
curricula that focus on
creativity and innovation,

and Training (TVET) with a clear pathway to

lifelong learning, higher
education and regional
labour, skill and learners

Strategic Approaches Responsible Units Timeline


1 Develop SEA-TVET Consortium and Web Platform Sep 2015 - Ongoing


2 Develop SEA-TVET Knowledge Sharing Platform 2016-2020

Conduct TVET Country-Level Evaluation Workshop for

3 SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO VOCTECH Oct 2015 - Jun 2016
Harmonisation and Internationalisation

Enhance Industry Partnership Development Programme

4 SEAMEO Secretariat and SEAMEO VOCTECH May 2016 - Ongoing
with TVET institutions

Expand academic and industry partnership programme SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO VOCTECH
5 May 2016- Ongoing
between SEA and other regions SEAMEO SEAMOLEC

Establish SEAMEO Polytechnic Network for promoting SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO VOCTECH
6 May 2016
cross country internship placement SEAMEO SEAMOLEC

Expand SEA-TVET Scholarship Programme for Students

7 SEAMEO SEAMOLEC, SEAMEO Secretariat May 2016 - Ongoing
and Teachers

Conduct a regional study and proposed model and

mechanism for harmonisation, quality assurance and SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO VOCTECH Mar 2015 - May
credit transfer system (setting up a regional committee/ SEAMEO SEAMOLEC 2016

Develop competency standard for agriculture and

9 fishers for all levels and promotion of skill competencies SEAMEO BIOTROP, SEAMEO SEARCA Current and Ongoing
in agriculture and fisheries

Promote harmonisation and internationalisation of Mar 2015 - May

nursing and medical TVET students and teachers 2016

Expand regional priority study areas/industry sectors for

11 SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO VOCTECH 2016-2020
harmonisation and internationalisation

Conduct research on TVET Occupational Mapping and

12 SEAMEO VOCTECH 2016-2020
Future Skill Demands


Develop vocational training programmes for lifelong

Promote of Innovative Practices in TVET in SEA through SEAMEO VOCTECH, SEAMEO Secretariat,
14 2016-2020
regional competition and capacity building programme SEAMEO SEAMOLEC

Promote internationalisation and Harmonisation of SEAMEO VOCTECH, SEAMEO Secretariat,

15 2016-2020

Develop Regional Skill Competency Development for

16 SEAMEO VOCTECH, SEAMEO Secretariat 2016-2020

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Making teaching a first choice profession through

5. Revitalising
comprehensive, strategic, and practice-based reforms
of teacher management and development systems
through more professional preparation at pre-service

Teacher Education and in-service processes, following an explicit and

shared teacher competency framework and a set of
standards applicable across the region.

Strategic Approaches Responsible Units Timeline

Southeast Asian Regional Standards for Science SEAMEO QIM and SEAMEO QIS with SEAMEO
1 2016-2020
and Mathematics developed and adopted RECSAM and SEAMEO SEAMOLEC

SEAMEO Easy Teach Programme developed, SEAMEO CELLL, SEAMEO CHAT, SEAMEO
2 2016-2020
enhanced and institutionalised RETRAC, SEAMEO SEN and SEAMEO VOCTECH

Batch 1: Jan 2016

3 SEA Teacher Mobility SEAMEO Secretariat
Batch 2: Jul - Aug 2016

SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO Centres and

4 SEA Teacher 2035 2016-2020
SEAMEO Member Countries

High Official Policy Dialogue on Teacher

5 Education Reforms and Innovations in SEA SEAMEO Secretariat 2016-2020

Southeast Asian Teacher Competency SEAMEO INNOTECH, SEAMEO RECSAM,

6 2016-2020
Standards SEAMEO Secretariat

6. Promoting Institutional-level harmonisation taking

Harmonisation in
place with Member Countries investing
in strengthening higher education
institutions with each institutions

Higher Education and determining their most important needs,

supported by research, in order to be able
to coordinate and set quality standards
Research with other institutions.

Strategic Approaches Responsible Units Timeline

Developed Communities of Practice in Research and Development on
1 SEAMEO BIOTROP 2016-2020
Critical Areas of Concern among SEA Universities

2 Strengthen academic industry linkages SEAMEO BIOTROP 2016-2020

Utilize Research and Development to develop Open Education Resources SEAMEO Secretariat
3 2016-2017
(OER) in Higher Education SEAMEO INNOTECH

SEAMEO ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme

enhanced and expanded

SEAMEO Secretariat
5 Developed SEAMEO credit transfer framework for ASIA + SHARE 2016-2017

6 Quality Assurance for Health professions aligned and developed SEAMEO TROPMED 2016-2020

SEAMEO Centres Policy Research Network (CPRN) developed and SEAMEO Secretariat and
7 2016-2020
institutionalized SEAMEO Centres

Promotion of internationalisation, recognition and mobility in post SEAMEO Secretariat

8 2016-2020
secondary/higher education in the Region and beyond SEAMEO RIHED

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7. Adopting 21st Century Curriculum

Pursuing a radical reform through systematic analysis of knowledge, skills, and values needed to effectively
respond to changing global contexts, particularly to the ever-increasing complexity of the Southeast Asian
economic, socio-cultural, and political environment, developing teacher imbued with ASEAN ideals in building
ASEAN community.

Strategic Approaches Responsible Units Timeline

Regional Research on ASEAN Integration: The Response of SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
1 ByJune 2017
Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Centres, and Partners

Study on Nurturing Creative and Critical Thinking Skills through

SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
2 Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning (IBTL) in Early Childhood 2015-2016
Centres, and Partners
Care and Education (IBTL Project) 2015-2016

Assessment of at least one technology-based education solutions

(e.g., Samsung SMART Classroom, GenYES); contextualized and/ SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO
3 2016-2020
or modified to actual needs of interested SEAMEO member Centres, and Partners
country by end of FY 2017-2018.


4 SEA Digital Class SEAMEO QIS, and SEAMEO 2016-2020

5 SEAMEO Borderless School Project SEAMEO RECSAM 2016-2020

6 SEA-BES CCRLS in Science and Mathematics SEAMEO RECSAM On-going

Executive Forum of the Leadership Excellence Program in

7 Academe Program for Southeast Asia (LEAP SEA) and its country SEAMEO SEARCA Current and continuing

Executive Forum on Food Security: Leaders in ASEAN Agriculture

8 SEAMEO SEARCA Current and continuing
and Development

Embracing Culture and Developing Creativity through Southeast

9 Asian Musical Traditions SEAMEO SPAFA 2016-2020

Designing common framework for 21st century curriculum with

10 SEAMEO RETRAC 2016-2020
21st characteristics/skills added to be adopted

Training programmes on how to integrate and adopt 21st century

11 SEAMEO RETRAC 2016-2020
skills and characteristics into the curriculum

Utilisation of Regional Blended Learning to enhance the quality of

12 SEAMEO QIM 2016-2020
science and mathematics teaching and learning

SEA Language programme: Collaboration with institutions

offering SEA languages and other languages (Arabic, German,
Japanese, Mandarin)
(Phases: syllabus & materials development, trial on and offline)

SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO

14 Rolling down STEM Education in Southeast Asia QIS, SEAMEO QIM, SEAMEO 17-19 Aug 2016
RECSAM and partners

SEAMEO Secretariat with

Implementation of Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics partners (UNICEF), SEAMEO
15 On-going

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Contact Persons
Priority Area Contact Person Email Address
Dr Pattama Punthawangkul
1 Early Childhood Care and Education
Programme Officer I
Mr Ismariwan Shamsudin
2 Addressing Barriers to Inclusion
Programme Support Officer
Resiliency in the Face of Dr Asmah Ahmad
Emergencies Programme Officer II
Promoting Technical and Vocational Ms Piyapa Su-angavatin
Education and Training (TVET) External Relations Officer
Mr Prasert Tepanart
5 Revitalising Teacher Education Deputy Director (Administration and
Dr Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela
Promoting Harmonisation in Higher
6 Deputy Director (Programme and
Education and Research
Ms Anti Rismayanti
7 Adopting a 21st Century Curriculum
Programme Officer III

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Acronyms and abbreviations

ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations
MOEC Indonesia Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia
MOES Lao PDR Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR
MOOCS Massive Open Online Courses
SEA Southeast Asia
SEAMEO BIOTROP SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology, Indonesia
SEAMEO CELLL SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning, Vietnam
SEAMEO CHAT SEAMEO Regional Centre for History and Tradition, Myanmar
CLMT Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Timor Leste
SEAMEO INNOTECH SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology, Philippines
SEAMEO QIL SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education
Personnel (QITEP) in Language, Indonesia
SEAMEO QIM SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education
Personnel (QITEP) in Mathematics, Indonesia
SEAMEO QIS SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education
Personnel (QITEP) in Science, Indonesia
SEAMEO RECFON SEAMEO Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition, Indonesia
SEAMEO RECSAM SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics, Malaysia
SEAMEO RELC SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, Singapore
SEAMEO RETRAC SEAMEO Regional Training Centre, Vietnam
SEAMEO RIHED SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development, Thailand
SEAMEO SEAMOLEC SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre, Indonesia
SEAMEO SEARCA SEAMEO Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture,
SEAMEO SEN SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education, Malaysia
SEAMEO SPAFA SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts, Thailand
SEAMEO TROPMED Network SEAMEO Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network, Thailand
SEAMEO TROPMED Malaysia SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology and Entomol-
ogy, Malaysia
SEAMEO TROPMED Philippines SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for for Public Health, Hospital Administration,
Environmental and Occupational Health, Philippines
SEAMEO TROPMED Thailand SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine, Thailand
SEAMEO VOCTECH SEAMEO Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training,
Brunei Darussalam
UIS UNESCO Institute for Statistics
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNICEF United Nations Children's (originally International Children's Emergency) Fund

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Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) is a regional
intergovernmental organisation established in 1965 among governments of
Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education,
science and culture in the region.
As an organization that has continued to nurture human capacities and
explored the peoples fullest potential, the SEAMEO maintains its work and
aspirations for development with peoples of the region to make lives better
in quality and equity in education, preventive health education, culture and
tradition, information and communication technology, languages, poverty
alleviation and agriculture and natural resources.

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