June 17, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to present its strategic directions to keep educational opportunities accessible to every learner in the 5th Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (5th SDEM) on June 17, 2021.

With the theme ‘Education as an Uplifting Force,’ Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones will share initiatives in supporting early childhood education, the inclusion of students with special educational needs, and how to better leverage public and private sectors partnerships to support vulnerable students.

“As member of SEAMEO, it is important that we share our initiatives and programs in providing accessible education to our learners. Embracing our ASEAN spirit, we are also eager to listen to neighbor countries’ insights to improve our education services and in keeping educational opportunities accessible to all our children,” Secretary Briones said.

Secretary Briones will be joined by Education Ministers from Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand in undertaking the topic ‘Education as an Uplifting Force’.

Meanwhile, Ministers of Education from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam will tackle ‘Preparing Future-Ready Learners’ to highlight the importance of having responsive and future-oriented education systems.

The Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SDEM) was first conceived in 2014 as a venue to share country practices, review priority areas, and agree on the general directions of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).

On the other hand, the 51st SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC) themed “New Education Imperatives in a Post-COVID Era” will also be conducted on June 17 from 10:00 AM to 12:40 PM.

The 51st SEAMEO Council Conference will be hosted by Singapore and will be attended by 11 SEAMEO Member Countries, Associate Member Countries, Affiliate Member Countries, SEAMEO Units, and SEAMEO Partners virtually.

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education (SEAMEO) is a regional intergovernmental organization among governments of Southeast Asian countries that promotes the enhancement of regional understanding and cooperation in education, science, and culture.