Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) held the 49th Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council Conference (SEAMEC) on 24-27 July 2017 at Mulia Hotel, Jakarta. Indonesia hosted this event and H.E. Prof. Dr. Muhajir Effendy, M.A.P, Minister of Education and Culture of Indonesia was inaugurated as the SEAMEO Council President for period 2017-2019. This big event was also followed by two consecutive meetings; the 3 rd SEAMEO Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers, and SEAMEO Centre Director Meeting 2017 on the following days.
During Indonesia presidency in the organization’s highest decision making body, it is expected that education development under SEAMEO will be strengthened through various education programmes and activities that benefit people in the Southeast Asia region as well as to provide opportunities to increase education cooperation in Indonesia.
One of the main agendas to discuss at the 49th SEAMEC is the progress of the implementation of SEAMEO Seven Priority Areas on Education (2015-2035). Indonesia establishes the 7th SEAMEO Regional Centre on Early Childhood Care and Education and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP) to support national programme and contribute to the implementation of SEAMEO Priority number one which is achieving universal early childhood care and education. The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) of the establishment of SEAMEO CECCEP was held at the 49th SEAMEC.
The 49 th SEAMEC Conference is held back-to- back with the 3 rd SEAMEO Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (3 rd SDEM). This year’s SDEM theme is to discuss the “Progress on the Implementation of the SEAMEO Education Agenda: Towards the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal Number 4, Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promote Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All”.
The big event was continued by the conduct of SEAMEO Centre Director Meeting 2017 which was organized on 26-28 July 2017 at The Graha Utama Ballroom of Building A, Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia. The event was attended by Directors and respective staffs of SEAMEO Centres/Networks, partners, and observers from many institutions.
The meeting began by a special session for SEAMEO Centres/Networks only that discussed the 3-Year Programme of SEAMEO Council President, and also a presentation on results of online Inter Centre Collaboration and Networking Sessions which were conducted couple week before the CDM 2017. There were 12 working papers being presented and discussed, and the annual achievement videos of centres/networks being played during the meeting. The event was closed by networking sessions with partners. (Aln/Mid)