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On 06 March 2017, HE Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Minister of Education, Thailand and concurrently SEAMEO Council President travelled to Vietnam in one of his visits to SEAMEO Member Countries during his tenure. Accompanying the Minister were high officials from the Ministry of Education, Thailand, Dr Gatot Hari Priowirjanto, SEAMEO Secretariat Director, and SEAMEO Secretariat officials. On the working visit to Vietnam this time, the Minister met with HE Prof Dr Phung Xuan Nha, Minister of Education and Training, Vietnam; also, as the incumbent SEAMEO Council President, the Minister of Education, Thailand paid a courtesy call on SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (SEAMEO CELLL) and SEAMEO Regional Training Centre (SEAMEO RETRAC) at their offices based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

During the presidential visit to SEAMEO CELLL, the Centre Director briefed SEAMEO Council President on the Centre’s activities during the past few years as well as its strategic directions for development in the upcoming period.

This occasion also marked the Minister of Education, Thailand and concurrently SEAMEO Council President’s participation in the Launching Ceremony of the regional Lifelong Learning Online Portal held at SEAMEO CELLL. The President officially launched the portal at the address www.SEA-LLLportal.org.

The online portal www.SEA-LLLportal.org is one of the main components of the project: “Towards an ASEAN Lifelong Learning Agenda” which is implemented by SEAMEO CELLL and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) with the purpose of supporting

SEAMEO countries in developing and implementing holistic and comprehensive lifelong learning approaches that link different sectors and forms of learning. The project was funded 100,000 Euros by UIL for two-year implementation in 2016-2017 with strong participation of 11 Ministries of Education in Southeast Asian countries and concurrently SEAMEO Member Countries.

To promote education for all while ensuring both equity and quality, SEAMEO countries should define their vision of lifelong learning and learn from one another with regard to policies and good practices. In this connection, it is regarded essential to establish a channel of information wherein articles, studies, reports and statistics concerning the field of lifelong learning are collected and disseminated among SEAMEO countries. This online portal will serve as a hub for exchanging information, policies and good practices in lifelong learning in the region. It also functions as a forum which policy-makers, researchers, scholars, experts and teachers can join for discussion of theories and practices in the context of lifelong learning in Southeast Asia.

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