Vuang Tau City Hosts Education Leaders’ Forum

VUANG TAU CITY, VIETNAM—On 2-4 March 2016, the Education Leaders’ Innovation Forum (ELIF) was held at the Palace Hotel in Vuang Tau City.

As a workshop component of SEAMEO College, The ELIF brought together 27 education administrators and practitioners of upper secondary education from Southeast Asia, as well as several international consultants and representatives from various SEAMEO Centres to engage in proactive and informed discussions and workshops on practical education innovations in the areas of curriculum and teacher development, and the overall management of school and community learning centres.

The forum not only resulted in the strengthening of knowledge among its participants, but also a solid network of education practitioners in Southeast Asia.  The participants also came up with recommendations that are relevant in local, regional, and global contexts.  These recommendations will be transmitted to ministries of education of SEAMEO member countries, which can be used for developing appropriate policies and mechanisms.

ELIF was implemented by the SEAMEO Regional Training Centre (RETRAC), coordinated by Mr. Tran Phuoc Linh and facilitated by Dr. James Paulson, an international consultant from Canada.

The forum in Vung Tau city is the second implementation of ELIF, with the first having been conducted on July 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City. This year, the overall theme of ELIF was focused on “innovative solutions for the 21st century curriculum, teacher development and educational leadership/management in Southeast Asia.”

The SEAMEO College project, which organized the forum, was launched in 2013 as a regional platform consisting of forums and research and development activities. It aims to create a regional platform for education ministers, high-level policymakers, prominent education practitioners and youth leaders to regularly convene policy, strategy, and methodological dialogues on ASEAN-wide education and human resource development (HRD) issues.

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