SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Celebration

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SEAQIS took part in celebrating the 50th anniversary of SEAMEO held in Gedung A, Kemendikbud, Jakarta, from 7-8 October 2015. The celebration contained three main events namely SEAMEO Educational Exhibition, SEAMEO Night, and International Seminar.  The exhibition was officially opened by the secretary general of Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), Dr Didik Suhardi accompanied by the Director of SEAMEO Secretariat, Dr Gatot Hari Priowirjanto.

The exhibition was aimed to exhibit research findings, learning materials, journals and excellent programmes of SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia. Besides, the event was also intended to expand partnership and collaboration with other educational institutions. SEAQIS displayed, among others, the training kits supplied by STELR, which will be used in the coming training course. The exhibition was also participated by Ministry of Education and Culture, several senior high schools in Jakarta such as SMKN 57 Jakarta, SMK St. Theresia, SMKN 63 Jakarta, SMKN 37 Jakarta, and SMK Pelayaran Jakarta Raya, and other companies i.e. Yayasan Batik (Batik Foundation), InaCraft, ASEAN Traditional Textiles Arts Community, Kampung Wisata Edukasi, Dian Rakyat, and Agro Media Group.

The next event was the SEAMEO night, the main event of the celebration. The SEAMEO night was attended by the Minister of Education and Culture, Ambassador of SEAMEO member countries, representatives of affiliate members, and representatives of partner of SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia. Two flagship programmes and a coffee table book were launched. The first programme was SEAMEO SMART City. That programme utilizes digital learning through Information Communication Technology (ICT) in schools by emphasizing creativity and collaboration. Thus, communication and information can be interconnected among schools, cities and countries in Southeast Asia. In this programme, SEAQIM will facilitate the Regional Mathematics Wide Assessment Programme (MaRWA) that focuses on the diagnosis of the strengths and weaknesses in learning mathematics, by collecting the relevant data on the competence of primary and secondary level students also their readiness to learn math. Then, SEAQIS will facilitate the Inquiry-based Science Education (IBSE) programme focused on designing science learning in the classroom more interactive by involving ICT in Teaching and Learning Activities. Furthermore, SEAMOLEC will assist in disseminating and facilitating the use of open and distance learning effective through ICT, while SEAMEO Secretariat will expand this program to the countries of Southeast Asia.

As a pioneer programme, SEAMEO collaborated with the government of Bandung, Bandung Education Office and School Principals’ Working Group (MKSS) to form a digital classroom at the school. A total of 81 schools, 1,250 teachers and 8491 students in Bandung were involved in this trial. It is found that teaching and learning materials delivered through multimedia devices such as tablets, mobile phones and computers offer a learning environment that is more challenging and interesting for the students.

The second programme launched was SEAMEO STAR Village. It is a community-based sustainable development model, which can strengthen the involvement of SEAMEO program in the community, particularly the achievement of the seven priorities of SEAMEO, and Sustainable Development Agenda after 2015. A total of six SEAMEO Centers in Indonesia contributed to the program, including BIOTROP, RECFON, SEAMOLEC, SEAQIL, SEAQIM, and SEAQIS. Cihideung Ilir village located at the foot of Mount Salak, Bogor regency, west Java, Indonesia would be the target of the programme. The program will run for three years from 2016 until 2019. After three years, this program is expected to contribute to the attainment of 7 Priority Areas of  SEAMEO. The program is also expected to be replicated in other villages in Indonesia, especially in Java. The six SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia also hopes to expand and share their experience, especially concerning this program with other SEAMEO Centres in the region.

Third, coffee table book entitled Building Heritage Education, Science, and Culture in Southeast Asia: Achievement of Six SEAMEO Center in Indonesia. This book contains flashback, achievements, and excellent programmes of six SEAMEO Centers in Indonesia.

The celebration of SEAMEO 50th anniversary was concluded by International Seminar conducted on 8 October 2015, in the main hall of Gedung A. HE Minister of Education and Culture, Anies Baswedan, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker of the event. In addition, Governing Board (GB) Members of SEAQIS, Dr Azian Abdullah of Malaysia and Mdm Irene Tan of Singapore, were the speakers in the seminar.