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1 “Reaching the Unreached in Education and Achieving the EFA Goals Together by 2015” The Southeast Asian Model of Collaboration By Dato’ Dr Ahamad bin Sipon Director, SEAMEO Secretariat

2 The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)

3 a chartered international organization established in 1965 promotes cooperation in education, science and culture in Southeast Asia –establishes network and partnerships –provides intellectual forums for policy makers and experts –promotes sustainable human resource development –develops and nurtures the capacities of teachers and school managers in Southeast Asia through 15 SEAMEO specialist institutions

4 Brunei Darussalam (1984) Cambodia (1971) Indonesia (1965) Lao PDR (1965) Malaysia (1965) Myanmar (1998) Philippines (1965) Singapore (1965) Thailand (1965) Timor-Leste (2006) Vietnam (1992) SEAMEO Member Countries

5 SEAMEO Associate Members Australia (1973) Canada (1988) France (1973) Germany (1990) Netherlands (1993) New Zealand (1974) Norway (2005) Spain (2007) SEAMEO Affiliate Members International Council for Open and Distance Education (1999) University of Tsukuba (2009)

6 SEAMEO Regional Centres tropical biology, history and tradition, educational innovation and technology, science and mathematics, language, higher education and development, open learning, graduate study and research in agriculture, archaeology and fine arts, tropical medicine and public health, vocational and technical education and training

7 “Reaching the Unreached in Education and Achieving the EFA Goals Together by 2015” The Southeast Asian Model of Collaboration

8 Background 1.UNESCO’s presentation at the 44th SEAMEO Council Conference and 3rd ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting in March 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia major findings of the 2008 EFA Mid- Decade Assessment emphasis on the situation in the SEAMEO Member Countries suggested the need to bridge the gaps within SEAMEO Member Countries – for those difficult to reach or unreached children, indigenous and ethnic minority peoples, and for those with special needs

9 Background 2.Directive of the Southeast Asian Education Ministers (Joint Statement of the 3rd ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting) ‘On future cooperation in education, the Ministers agreed that the focus should be on implementing EFA by In this regard, the Ministers tasked the SEAMEO and the ASEAN Secretariats to organise a workshop on the theme of ‘reaching the unreached’ to share best practices among ASEAN Member States.’

10 REACHING THE UNREACHED: Meeting of Southeast Asian Countries to Achieve the Education for All (EFA) Goals Together by – 4 September 2008 Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

11 Objectives: 1.to take stock of the extent of initiatives/ projects/ programmes provided for the unreached in Southeast Asia 2.to identify remaining common challenges in attaining EFA goals, particularly for the unreached groups in Southeast Asia 3.to provide suggestions to accelerate progress towards reaching the unreached 4.to develop activities/projects that Southeast Asian countries can work together on with the help of EFA partners.

12 41 officials from SEAMEO Member Countries; 13 EFA partners/INGOs; 21 representatives from ASEAN, UNESCO and SEAMEO

13 Activities: 1.Reviewed existing initiatives on reaching the unreached and determined remaining challenges and priorities 2.Shared best practices (both countries and EFA partners) 3.Identified strategies and activities to address the needs of the prioritized groups 4.Drafted collaborative project proposals for the different target groups

14 Outputs and Outcomes: 1.Increased awareness on the different unreached and underserved population groups in the region 2.Greater appreciation of the need for regional cooperation to attain the EFA goals 3.10 collaborative project proposals to reach various unreached groups

15 Project 1 - Transition support for learners with disabilities  Target Groups: Learners with disabilities or with special educational needs  Lead Country: Malaysia  Participating Countries: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Vietnam  EFA Partners: Disability Action Council, Cambodia, UNESCO UIS-AIMS  Components/Activities: Policy formulation, data collection, exchange programme/training, establish a regional centre

16 Project 2 - Tracking system for students at risk of dropping out  Target Groups: Underperforming students, students at risk of dropping out  Lead Country: Philippines  Participating Countries: Thailand, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Malaysia Singapore  EFA Partners: UNICEF, Disability Action Council, UNESCO UIS-AIMS, ASPBAE  Components/Activities: Inventory of existing researches, identify student tracking and profiling system, workshop to develop framework, system development, toolkit development, capacity building

17 Project 3 - Conference to promote awareness of education for girls and women  Target Groups: Girls and women in rural areas and ethnic minorities  Lead Country: Malaysia  Participating Countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Philippines, Timor-Leste (To be invited: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar)  EFA Partners: UNIFEM, UNICEF, ASPBAE, SIL International, WFP, UNGEI, UNESCO GENIA Network  Components/Activities: Sharing of best practices in budget-based gender, school supplementary food programmes, gender responsive projects, basic education for girls

18 Project 4 – Tracking mechanism for unreached populations  Target Groups: Learners from remote and rural communities; children who are not registered in schools  Lead Country: To be advised  Participating Countries: Malaysia (To be invited: Other Southeast Asian countries)  EFA Partners: ASPBAE, UNESCO UIS-AIMS  Components/Activities: Research, exchange visits, capacity building

19 Project 5 - Pre-school programme for all  Target Groups: Children from poor families  Lead Country: Brunei Darussalam  Participating Countries: Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand (To be invited: Other Southeast Asian countries)  EFA Partners: UNICEF, Save the Children, ARNEC, UNESCO, Plan International  Components/Activities: Study visits, capacity building, development of regional school readiness competencies, provision of technical assistance to member countries in enriching national standards and curriculum, establishment of pre-schools in remote areas, provision of support services such as feeding, M&E

20 Project 6 - Multigrade Teaching  Target Groups: Learners from remote, dispersed and isolated areas  Lead Country: Lao PDR  Participating Countries: Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Malaysia  EFA Partners: UNICEF, ASPBAE, UNESCO Hanoi  Components/Activities: Development of guidelines for training of multi-grade teachers, capacity building, M&E

21 Project 7 - Development of more community-based learning centres in rural areas in Southeast Asia for Literacy and Livelihood  Target Groups: Children, youth and adults from poor families in rural/ remote/isolated areas  Lead Country: Thailand  Participating Countries: All Southeast Asian countries will be invited.  EFA Partners: ATD Fourth World, Save the Children, UNESCO UIS-AIMS, UNESCO APPEAL, UNICEF, UNCHR, ASPBAE, ILO, Education Development Center, Inc.  Components/Activities: Inter-Ministerial coordination, assessment and work planning, establishment of centres, capacity building, entrepreneurship, M&E

22 Project 8 - Inter-country schooling programme for stateless and undocumented children (coordination between governments)  Target Groups: Stateless/non-documented children in the states’ borders  Lead Country: Indonesia  Participating Countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam  EFA Partners: UNICEF, UNCHR, INEE, Save the Children  Components/Activities: Setting-up of special border schools

23 Project 9 - Project on HIV and AIDS using an integrated approach (providing education, care, treatment and counseling services to learners affected or infected by HIV and AIDS)  Target Groups: Children, youth and adults infected and affected by HIV and/or AIDS  Lead Country: To be advised  Participating Countries: Myanmar (To be invited: Other Southeast Asian countries)  EFA Partners: UNAIDS, UNICEF, WAF (Myanmar), AIDS Council (Malaysia), Youth Union (Lao PDR), Education Development Center, Inc.  Components/Activities: Data collection, care and treatment, curriculum strengthening, capacity building, M&E

24 Project 10 - Education in emergencies and disaster preparedness  Target Groups: Children in difficult circumstances  Lead Countries: Indonesia and Philippines  Participating Countries: Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Timor-Leste  EFA Partners: UNICEF, E-Net Philippines, Save the Children, ASPBAE  Components/Activities: Provision of kits and guidelines, teachers and community involvement, refurbishment of structures, advocacy

25 1.At present, 8 projects have lead countries. 2.Projects without a lead country:  Project on HIV and AIDS  Project on Tracking mechanism for unreached populations 3.The roles of a lead country:  Initiate the needed work on the proposal  Suggest and seek funding  Establish mechanisms on project development, implementation and management  Work with the SEAMEO Secretariat and ASEAN Secretariat in the full development of the projects and their implementation

26 SEAMEO Process 1.Presented the 10 collaborative project proposals to the SEAMEO High Officials for review, comments, input and endorsement to the SEAMEO Council during the 31 st SEAMEO High Officials Meeting on January 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand 2.Presented the proposals (including input of SEAMEO High Officials) to the SEAMEO Council for approval during the 44 th SEAMEO Council Conference on 6-8 April 2009 in Phuket, Thailand

27 SEAMEO Council Resolution The 44th SEAMEO Council Conference: took note of the Meeting Report approved the 10 proposed collaborative projects approved the proposed lead countries, participating countries and participating non-governmental organizations in each project directed the SEAMEO Secretariat, ASEAN Secretariat and lead countries to start the full development of the projects and other subsequent actions. It was agreed upon that discussion on the details of the funding sources, mechanism for implementation, coordination and roles of stakeholders would be tabled in the 32nd SEAMEO High Officials Meeting.

28 Bangkok Post 30 Sept 2008 Bangkok Post 2 Sept 2008

29  EFA is a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all.  The challenge to achieve EFA Goals in Southeast Asia by 2015 is to reach the unreached population groups in the region.  By working together, there is a greater chance to address the remaining challenges. Conclusion

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