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Theme & Sub-Themes

The theme for the SEAMEO Congress 2021 is “Transforming Southeast Asian Education, Science and Culture in the Digital Age.”

Subsequently, each sub-theme shall be organized into three tracks:

Policies, Reforms and Innovations (PRI)

This track covers discussion on policies, legislation and reforms, which national governments are implementing in crafting and enhancing new learning paradigms that relate to the sustainable development or other social philosophies that reflect shared social values and are drawn from historical and cultural realities.

Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies (ITLS)

This track covers discussions that focus on practical teaching-learning strategies and classroom innovations geared towards ensuring students acquire competencies and skills responsive to the needs of the labor market and supportive of national and regional goals.

Cooperation, Linkages and Partnerships (CLP)

This track covers discussions that tackle regional and local partnerships and cooperation models proven to be effective in promoting and advancing networking efforts on crafting and enhancing new learning paradigms. In addition, this track also further highlights partnerships at the community level and between the private and public sector

Sub-Themes

There will be sub-themes for plenary sessions and the paper presentations and discussions in parallel session:

Objective:

The session aims to provide participants with inspiring presentations on how human resources could be transformed into social development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The speakers will highlight the process of their thought and successful experience, including their inspiration.

Objective:

The session aims to provide participants with the current trends of disruptive technologies that affect education, science, and culture development in the era of the digital age, and to prepare the learners for being a capable and competent workforce. The speakers will share and provide their first-hand experiences on how to explore and to adapt technologies for their successful endeavors in business and education development.

Objective:

This session will address challenges to education due to the rapid change of digital technology as well as the COVID-19 pandemic that affected all aspects of human life including those of the alpha generation learners. The speakers will share and provide their thoughts and first-hand experiences on how to reshape education in the post-COVID-19 era to address the new competencies needed for the alpha generation learners live in the fast-changing and uncertain world in the next decade.

Objective:

This plenary session will address the urgent need to increase the level of participation and citizen engagement in the delivery of learning as well as in developing a more resilient educational system.  A Balance reform in the New Normal is needed to strengthen the impact of public-private partnerships and for having closer collaboration among education actors and stakeholders in creating long-term and sustainable investments in science, culture, and education development in Southeast Asia.  Various sustainability issues such as climate change, sustainable HEI and TVET institutions, as well as preserving heritage and culture will be discussed.

Objective:

The session will focus on the future of education in Southeast Asia, specifically from 2021-2030 as laid out in the SEAMEO Strategic Plan. Given the evolving education landscape in the member countries, sessions will focus on how the region can achieve all its regional and global education commitments.

Objective:

The session will provide a forum to review policies and matters and share best practices on solving the knowledge and skills gap in Southeast Asian countries and share strategies on how to tackle learning poverty and to bridge the output of skills development with the manpower requirements of the new global market.

Objective:

Inequity and gender bias are still existing even in this digital age.  This session serves as a platform to share and promote alternative delivery of education through diversified learning modes of using information and communication technology (ICT), online learning, and electronic learning and introduce learners to the technology of digital classrooms to tackle gender and equity issues in the region.

Objective:

The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought with it unprecedented challenges and opportunities that dramatically changed the education landscape in Southeast Asia.  This session will feature innovations that were introduced, magnified, and amplified to ensure that no learner is left behind and learning continues despite the challenges.

Objective:

Alpha generations need to equip themselves with high skill competencies to become high-quality workforces and responsible global citizens.  This can be achieved through quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education through the design thinking process.  Accordingly, the session will address the issues on policy design for the STEM workforce and share the best practices on STEM Teaching Strategies as well as on innovation to strengthen STEM Education.

Objective:

This session will address any challenges to improve the quality of education due to the rapid change of digital technology under the theme "Transforming Southeast Asian Education, Science, and Culture in Digital Age” that affected all aspects of human life including those of the alpha generation learners.  Joint Statement of concrete action plans with the tangible recommendations will be synthesized, consolidated, and presented.