Minister of Education attends 50th SEAMEO Council Conference

Jul 25, 2019

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, the Minister of Education, attended the opening ceremony of the 50th Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Council Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC) is a biennial meeting of education ministers from Southeast Asian countries and is the highest policy-making body of SEAMEO.

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This year's conference, from July 22 to 25, is also attended by ministers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam while Lao PDR, Myanmar and the Philippines were attended by Deputy Ministers. In addition, SEAMEO Associate members from Australia, Germany and Spain; SEAMEO Affiliate members (International Centre for Distance Education, University of Tsukuba, China Education Association for International Exchange, the British Council and Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding), directors and key officers from the 26 SEAMEO regional centres are also attending the conference.

In his opening statement, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman shared recent developments in Brunei Darussalam's education such as the progress of the Literacy and Numeracy Programme. The Minister also highlighted Brunei's   Ministry of Education cooperation with SEAMEO particularly with the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP) which is based in Indonesia on Advancing Agro-Technology Education and Application in Southeast Asia.

Additionally, the Minister is encouraged to hear that SEAMEO Centres are carrying out research addressing the SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas through Inter-Centre Collaborative Programmes. One such example is the project on Disaster Risk Management for Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage School-based Approach in Promoting Disaster Risk Mitigation for Cultural Heritage which is led by the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Fine Arts and Archaeology (SEAMEO SPAFA) with partner institutions together with SEAMEO Regional Centre for Technical and Vocational Training (SEAMEO VOCTECH).

During this years' SEAMEO Council Conference, recent developments on the implementation of the SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas in SEAMEO member countries were presented to the Ministers. The SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas are (1) 'Early Childhood Care and Education', (2) 'Addressing Barriers to Inclusion', (3) 'Resiliency in the Face of Emergencies', (4) 'Promoting Technical and Vocational Education and Training', (5) 'Teacher Education', (6) 'Harmonisation in Higher Education and Research' and (7) 'Adopting a 21st Century Curriculum'.

This year's conference saw the outgoing president of the SEAMEO Council, Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, Indonesia's Minister of Education, hand over the chairmanship of the conference to Dr. Maszlee bin Malik, Malaysia's Minister of Education. Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister of Education Singapore, was appointed as the Vice-President of the 50th SEAMEO Council. Both appointments is for a two-year term. Yang Berhormat Dato Hamzah also acknowledged the development of SEAMEO under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy which saw the addition of 2 new SEAMEO centres focusing on sustainability and STEM Education. 

The 50th SEAMEC saw the presentation of the SEAMEO Affiliate Membership to the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) and witnessed the official establishment of two new regional centres: the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability (SEAMEO SEPS) and the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education (SEAMEO STEM-ED). Both centres are hosted by Thailand.

During the conference, the Minister of Education Brunei Darussalam conducted two (2) bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Singapore and Indonesia, which are expected to bring about an increase in education cooperation.  On the third day of the conference, the 4th Strategic Dialogue of Education Ministers (SDEM4) will take place where discussions on the future of SEAMEO will be deliberated.

Also present was Dr. Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin, the Permanent Secretary (Core Education) and officials from the Ministry of Education.

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22 Julai 2019 – Persidangan Majlis Pertubuhan Menteri-Menteri Pendidikan Asia Tenggara kali ke-50 (Persidangan Majlis SEAMEO) telahpun diadakan pada 22-25 Julai 2019 di Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Persidangan tersebut telahpun dihadiri oleh Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Menteri Pendidikan, Negara Brunei Darussalam. Persidangan Majlis SEAMEO merupakan mesyuarat bagi Menteri-Menteri dari negara-negara ahli SEAMEO yang diadakan setiap dua tahun sekali. Ianya juga merupakan badan pembuat keputusan tertinggi SEAMEO yang menentukan dasar-dasar umum dan hala tuju strategik pertubuhan tersebut.

Persidangan berkenaan antara lain juga turut dihadiri oleh Menteri-Menteri Pendidikan dari negara-negara ahli SEAMEO seperti Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapura, Thailand dan Vietnam. Manakala negara-negara Lao PDR, Myanmar dan Philippines dihadiri oleh Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan. Wakil daripada negara-negara ahli 'Associate' SEAMEO dan ahli-ahli bersekutu SEAMEO serta pengarah-pengarah daripada 26 Pusat Serantau SEAMEO juga menghadiri persidangan tersebut.

Di dalam kenyataan pembukaan Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman mengongsikan perkembangan terkini mengenai pendidikan Brunei Darussalam seperti progres Program Literasi dan Numerasi. Semasa persidangan tersebut juga, Menteri Pendidikan Negara Brunei Darussalam telah mengongsikan mengenai kerjasama di antara Kementerian Pendidikan dan beberapa Pusat Serantau SEAMEO seperti SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP) bagi memajukan pendidikan Agro-Teknologi dan Aplikasi di Rantau Asia Tenggara.

Semasa persidangan berkenaan, negara-negara ahli SEAMEO berpeluang untuk mengetahui dengan lebih lanjut perkembangan terkini mengenai dengan pelaksanaan SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas di negara masing-masing.  SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas berkenaan ialah (1) 'Early Childhood Care and Education', (2) 'Addressing Barriers to Inclusion', (3) 'Resiliency in the Face of Emergencies', (4) 'Promoting Technical and Vocational Education and Training', (5) 'Teacher Education', (6) 'Harmonisation in Higher Education and Research' and (7) 'Adopting a 21st Century Curriculum'.

Persidangan tahun ini menyaksikan penyerahan jawatan Presiden Majlis SEAMEO daripada Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, Menteri Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Indonesia, kepada Dr. Maszlee bin Malik, Menteri Pendidikan Malaysia. Sementara, Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Menteri Pendidikan Singapura dilantik menjadi Naib Presiden. Kedua-dua lantikan adalah untuk tempoh dua (2) tahun. Yang Berhormat Dato Hamzah mengambil maklum perkembangan SEAMEO di bawah kepimpinan Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy yang menyaksikan penambahan dua Pusat SEAMEO yang berfokuskan kepada kemampanan dan pendidikan STEM.

Persidangan Majlis SEAMEO kali ke-50 ini menyaksikan penyerahan keahlian SEAMEO bersekutu kepada  Pusat Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) dan menyaksikan penubuhan rasmi 2 buah pusat serantau SEAMEO yang baru iaitu SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability (SEAMEO SEPS) dan SEAMEO Regional Centre for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (SEAMEO STEM-ED).  Kedua-dua pusat ditubuhkan di Thailand.

Semasa persidangan tersebut, Menteri Pendidikan Negara Brunei Darussalam telah mengadakan dua (2) mesyuarat dua-hala bersama rakan kerja dari Singapura dan Indonesia, di mana ianya dijangka akan membawa peningkatan kerjasama dalam bidang pendidikan.   Pada hari ketiga Persidangan, Dialog Strategik Menteri-Menteri Pendidikan kali ke-4 (SDEM4) akan berlangsung di mana hala tuju SEAMEO akan dibincangkan. 


Turut hadir semasa persidangan berkenaan adalah Yang Mulia Dr. Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin, Setiausaha Tetap (Pendidikan Teras) berserta pegawai-pegawai daripada Kementerian Pendidikan Negara Brunei Darussalam.