The SEAMEO CELLL’s third Governing Board Meeting and the back-to-back Expert Meeting on Phase 2 of the Project Towards a lifelong learning agenda in Southeast Asian countries were convened on 4-6 October 2017, at SEAMEO CELLL premises, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The SEAMEO CELLL’s third Governing Board Meeting was attended by ten Governing Board Members (GBM), two of whom were ex-officio members. The meeting was also honoured to welcome representatives from DVV International and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) as observers. At this third Governing Board Meeting, The Vietnam GBM was elected Chairperson, the Laos GBM was appointed Vice Chairperson and the Myanmar GBM Chief Rapporteur. In the meeting, SEAMEO CELLL reported the follow-up actions of the second Governing Board Meeting and the Centre’s operation in the last fiscal year 16/17, followed by the presentation on proposed budget and programmes for the fiscal year 17/18, among which were key projects of the Centre, including the continuation into Phase 2 of the Project Towards a lifelong learning agenda in Southeast Asian countries, supported by UIL and the Project Developing instructional resource package: Using soft skills in non-formal education, supported by DVV International. The working papers were fully endorsed by the GBMs.
On the following two days (5-6 October), the back-to-back Expert Meeting on Phase 2 of the Project Towards a lifelong learning agenda in Southeast Asian countries was held, bringing together lifelong learning experts in Southeast Asia and representatives from stakeholder organisations including ASPBAE, DVV International, SEAMES, UNESCO Bangkok Office, UNESCO Hanoi Office and UIL. After the first phase, the project has achieved major outcomes, one of which was the compendium Lifelong learning in transformation: Promising practices in Southeast Asia, which documents promising policies and practices in lifelong learning from 11 SEAMEO countries. Its findings are expected to be disseminated in national contexts via a series of in-country policy forums. Thus, this second expert meeting is of crucial significance as it opened up a platform for discussing the possibility of and providing input for the organisation of these policy forums. Except for Lao PDR, whose policy forum was already organised in August 2017, the GBM and focal points from eight out of the remaining ten Southeast Asian countries proposed initial plans for policy dialogues to be held during the period of 2017 – 2018. The Expert Meeting culminated fruitfully with a primary scheme for the organisation of in-country policy forums and their consequent action plans, which aim to engage key lifelong learning actors both within and outside education in multi-sectoral dialogues on the promotion of lifelong learning, thus creating impact of the project.