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Background

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) has been established to promote the development of education, science, and culture in Southeast Asian countries for more than a half-decade.  SEAMEO as an inter-governmental organization by nature and privilege has followed the direction set by the education ministers of eleven Southeast Asian countries to support countries in achieving national educational objectives as well as a regional educational vision through bilateral and multilateral programs/activities in and beyond Southeast Asia.  Furthermore, SEAMEO has 25 SEAMEO Regional Centres and 1 Network located in 10 countries of Southeast Asia.  These Centres and Network have been both think tanks and implementing arms of SEAMEO in its own specialty through policy advocacy, technical/consultancy services, as well as capacity building programmes/activities, fora, research, and other intellectual and practical platforms and networks.  As we believe in the power of collectivism yet cherish individualism for its values.

At the 42nd SEAMEO High Officials Meeting in 2019, the proposal on SEAMEO Day to be celebrated every 30 November was presented by the SEAMEO Secretariat in other matters of In-Camera Session with the aims to educate educational practitioners and the public on issues of concern between SEAMEO Member Countries, to mobilize educational will and resources as well as to resolve educational challenges, and to identify and improve the achievement of education in the Southeast Asian region.  The creation of SEAMEO Day as an awareness-raising activity of the establishment of the SEAMEO as a powerful advocacy tool. The meeting supported the proposal on SEAMEO Day to be celebrated every 30 November. The proposal was endorsed for submission to SEAMEO Council for approval by referendum.

At the Non-SEAMEC year 2020, the SEAMEO Council approved by Ad-Referendum the Proposal on SEAMEO Day to be celebrated every 30th of November.

Since its establishment in 1965, the organization has taken pride in its achievements over the years as Southeast Asia’s longest regional organization for promoting quality education, science, and culture. Looking back at its inception on 30 November 1965, SEAMEO celebrated its 10th anniversary in 1975, the 25th silver anniversary in 1990, the 30th anniversary in 1995, the 45th anniversary in 2010, and the 50th anniversary in 2015 accordingly.

This year SEAMEO as an organization is 55 years old. SEAMEO Secretariat will set up a series of activities for the celebration of the 55th SEAMEO Anniversary (SEAMEO Day 2020) with the theme “Stronger Together for Quality, Accessible, and Responsive Education”.

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