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    For more information, please contact: Mr. Beat Jost at

    In 2009, Worlddidac Asia will make a grander return as the prominent public stages for the education community to cherish the good practices, enhance the quality and equity of education, and explore the linkage, collaboration and partnership cross-nationally and regionally. The event will enhance the educational excellence in Thailand and Asia by presenting innovative educational materials, media and technologies from over 120 exhibitors from across the globe.

    Presentation Technology Printed and Published Products School, Lab and Conference Furnishing Multimedia Technologies Occupational Field Digital Printing and more.

    Also highlighted as co-located function is the 3rd Asia Education Leaders Forum to show a positive sign for education in Asia as honorable speakers from all over the world are pleased to take part in this rare opportunity with their visionary presentations and case studies.

    Tel: +41 31 311 76 82, Fax: +41 31 312 17 44, Email: [email protected] (for exhibitors in Europe and America) Ms. Kornsawan or Ms. Rawipan at Tel: +662 686 7247, 686 7220, Fax: +662 686 7288

    Global Solution Asias Educational Revolution

    Co-located with:

    Queen Sirikit National Convention Center

    Organized by:Supported by:

    Southest Asian Ministers of Education Organization Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat)

    Co-organized by:

    WORLDDIDAC - The World Association of Publishers, Manufacturers and Distributors of Education Materials www.worlddidac.org

    Issue 4 March 2009 Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization

    SEAMEO EDUCATION AGENDA

    Issue 4 l March 2009

    Reaching the unreached in Southeast Asia

    Touching lives through community involvement

    Keeping the Mon legacy alive

    Environmental Education: Malaysias Experience

    www.seameo.org

  • SEAMEO Education Agenda

    PROFILESCONTENTS

    SEAMEOEducationAgenda Issue 4 | March 2009 ISSN 1905-8225 ExecutiveEditor:Dato Ahamad bin Sipon, PhD EditorialAdvisoryBoard:Wahdi S A Yudhi, PhD Tinsiri Siribodhi, PhD EditorialTeam:Kevin C Kettle Abigail Cuales Lanceta Pimratchada Patanasuthikul Advertising:Piyapa Su-angavatin EditorialandBusinessCorrespondence:SEAMEO Secretariat Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building 920 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Tel : +66 (0) 2391 0144 Fax : +66 (0) 2381 2587 E-mail : [email protected] PrintedbyAmarin Printing & Publishing PCL 65/15 Chaiyaphruk Road, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand SEAMEO Education Agenda magazine is a publication of the SEAMEO Secretariat. Any use of the contents of this publication without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. The magazine does not necessarily subscribe to the opinions expressed by its contributors. The presentation of facts concerning the situations of countries and their governments does not imply the expression of any opinion on the part of the publisher.

    04 EditorsNote05 AboutSEAMEOPROFILES06 MinisterforEducation,EmploymentandWorkplaceRelationsAustralia07 MinisterforEducationSingapore08 MinisterofEducationThailand09 MinisterofEducationTimor-Leste10 PermanentSecretaryBruneiDarussalam11 DirectorGeneralofEducationCambodia12 SecretaryGeneralIndonesia13 ActingDirectorGeneralLaoPDR14 SecretaryGeneralMalaysia15 UndersecretaryofEducationPhilippines16 PermanentSecretary(Education)Singapore17 PermanentSecretaryThailand18 DirectorGeneralTimor-Leste19 DirectorGeneralVietnam20 ActingDirectorSEAMEOCHAT,Myanmar21 DirectorSEAMEOSEAMOLEC,IndonesiaPERSPECTIVE22 ThoughtsonPersonalLeadership24 AustraliasProvisionofHigherEducationinThailand:Acase-studyofpossible culturaldifferencesindecision-making28 EnvironmentalEducationandSchoolNatureClub:MalaysiasExperienceISSUES29 SoutheastAsianCountriesinOneAccordtoReachtheUnreachedand theUnderprivileged31 KeepingtheMonLegacyAlive35 TouchingLivesthroughtheSEAMEOCommunityInvolvementProgrammeREPORT37 SEAMEOSecretariatandUNESCOBangkokRegularJointMeeting39 31stSEAMEOHighOfficialsMeeting41 SEAMEOCentreDirectorsMeeting200843 CalendarofSEAMEOEvents&Activities

    Cover : Pupils enjoy an outdoor activity during a school assembly at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Ampang, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

  • SEAMEO Education Agenda

    ThefirstthreeissuesoftheSEAMEOEducationAgendafeaturedprofilesoftheeducationministersoftheSEAMEOMemberCountries,AssociateMemberCountries,officialsoftheAffiliateMember,andtheSEAMEOCentreDirectors.Inthisissue,wegivetributetotheSEAMEOHighOfficialsofthe11SEAMEOMemberCountriesthatcomprisepermanentsecretaries,directorgenerals,secretarygeneralsandundersecretariesoftheMinistries/DepartmentofEducation.Timeunfoldsandnewleadersemerge.FeaturedalsointheprofilepagesarethenewEducationMinistersofAustralia,Singapore,ThailandandTimorLeste;aswellasCentreDirectorsofSEAMEOCHATandSEAMEOSEAMOLEC.AccompanyingstoriesandfeaturesincludenewavenuesthattheSEAMEOMemberCountriesaretreadingtocontributetotheattainmentoftheEducationforAllGoalsinSoutheastAsiasuchasthecollaborativeefforttoreachtheunreachedandunderprivilegedineducation,useofmothertongueasbridgelanguageofinstruction,andprovidinglifelonglearningskillsthroughschoolandcommunityinvolvement.Severalarticlespresentperspectivesforreflectiononareassuchasleadership,andculturaldifferencesindecision-making,andenvironmentaleducation.Thiscopypresentsmultipleissuesandperspectives.Itisamixofnewandold.ItisourhopethatonitspagesyoufindthethreadsofinspirationthatsignalthevigorousquestforstrengthenedcooperationineducationforabetterqualityoflifeinSoutheastAsia.KevinCKettleChiefEditor

    EditorsNote

  • TheSoutheastAsianMinistersofEducationOrganization(SEAMEO)isaninternationalandintergovernmentalorganizationestablishedin1965topromoteregionalcooperationineducation,science,andculture.Its11MemberCountriesincludeBruneiDarussalam,Cambodia,Indonesia,LaoPDR,Malaysia,Myanmar,Philippines,Singapore,Thailand,Timor-Leste,andVietnam.Itembodies8AssociateMemberCountries:Australia,Canada,France,Germany,theNetherlands,NewZealand,Norway,andSpain;andoneAffiliateMember,theInternationalCouncilforOpenandDistanceEducation(ICDE).TheSEAMEOCouncil,theOrganizationsgoverningbody,iscomposedofthe11MinistersofEducationoftheSEAMEOMemberCountries.TheCouncildeterminesthegeneralpoliciesandstrategicdirectionsoftheOrganization.TheSEAMEOSecretariat,basedinBangkok,Thailand,istheheadquartersandexecutivearmoftheCouncil.Overthepastthreedecades,SEAMEOhasdeveloped15specialistinstitutionsin8ofits11MemberCountriesthatprovideregionalleadershipinhumanresourcedevelopmentandthediverseexpertisethattheyofferinlearning,healthandenvironment,andagricultureandnaturalresources.TheseSEAMEOUnitsarecloselylinkedwiththeeducationalenvironmentofthecountryhostingthem.EachSEAMEORegionalCentrehasitsowngoverningboardswitharepresentativefromeachMemberCountrythatreviewstheCentresoperationsandbudgetandsetstheirpoliciesandprogrammes.TheCentresmaintainSEAMEOsworkandaspirationstonurturehumancapacitiesandexplorethefullestpotentialsofpeopleintheregionthroughqualityandequityineducation,preventivehealth,cultureandtradition,training,research,informationandcommunicationstechnology,languages,povertyalleviation,andagriculturalnaturalresources.Sinceitsinception,theSEAMEOhasnotonlybecometheoldestcharteredintergovernmentalorganizationservingtheSoutheastAsianregionbutalsoSoutheastAsiaslargest,longestexisting,andmostdependableproviderinhumanresourcedevelopment.SEAMEO Secretariat TheSEAMEOSecretariatistheexecutivearmoftheSEAMEOCouncilandtheHeadquartersoftheOrganization.BasedinBangkok,Thailand,theSecretariatisheadedbyaDirectorwhoisthelegalandadministrativerepresentativeoftheOrganization.TheDirectorissupportedbyateamofprofessionalstaffrecruitedfromMemberCountriesandagroupofgeneralstafffromthehostcountry.SEAMEO Units TheSEAMEOhas15specialistinstitutionsthatundertaketrainingandresearchprogrammesinvariousfieldsofeducation,science,andculture.EachRegionalCentrehasaGoverningBoardcomposedofsenioreducationofficialsfromeachSEAMEOMemberCountry.TheGoverningBoardreviewstheCentresoperationsandbudgetandsetstheirpoliciesandprogrammes.

    About SEAMEO

    SEAMEO Education Agenda

  • SEAMEO Education Agenda

    PROFILES

    FollowingtheAustralianFederalElectiononthe24thofNovember2007,theHonourableMsJuliaGillardwassworninasAustraliasDeputyPrimeMinister.ShehasthreeMinisterialappointmentsastheMinisterforEducation,theMinisterforEmploymentandWorkplaceRelationsandtheMinisterforSocialInclusion.JuliaGillardwasborninWales,migratingtoAustraliawithherfamilyin1966.ShestudiedartsandlawattheUniversityofAdelaidebeforebeingelectedasnationaleducationvicepresidentoftheAustralianUnionofStudents(AUS)in1983andsubsequently,thenationalpresidentoftheAUSinthesameyear.MsGillardbeganworkasasolicitorwiththelawfirmSlaterandGordoninMelbourne,Australiaandbecameapartnerin1990.From1996to1998sheservedasChief-of-StafftothethenOppositionLeaderoftheStateofVictoria,JohnBrumby.ShewasfirstelectedtotheAustralianparliamentin1998.MsGillardisthehighestrankingwomaninthehistoryoftheAustraliangovernment.HavingassumedtheroleofActingPrimeMinisterinlate2007andearly2008,shebecamethefirstwomaninAustraliashistorytobeinthePrimeMinisterialrole.

    MsJuliaGillardDeputy Prime Minister Minister for Education Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion Australia

    Minister for Education Ms Julia Gillard at a school visit

  • Minister Ng Eng Hen at the Singapore MOE ExCEL Fest 2008, an annual platform to showcase innovations in teaching and learning in schools

    SEAMEO Education Agenda

    PROFILES

    DrNgEngHenMinister for Education Ministry of Education Singapore

    DrNgEngHenwasappointedMinisterforEducationon1April2008.HewasalsoreappointedSecondMinisterforDefence,apositionhehasheldsinceJuly