Module 4

Module 4: Learning and Innovation Forum for Youth Leaders (LIFYL)

The forum seeks to enhance ASEAN’s competitiveness by developing new leaders who will take leadership roles in education, science, culture and other initiatives in Southeast Asia and beyond. It will bring together youth representatives from SEAMEO member countries to build leadership skills and strengthen capacity that contribute to a more competitive ASEAN region.

Module 4

Module title:

Learning and Innovation Forum for Youth Leaders
Venue: TBD (in Bangkok, Thailand)
Lead Centre: SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts
(SEAMEO SPAFA)
Contact Persons and Information: Dr. M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn
Mr. Girard Bonotan
Indicative date: 1-4 October 2014
 

I. Background

Upon the request of member countries of the Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organization (SEAMEO), the SEAMEO Secretariat submitted a proposal to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for regional technical assistance (TA) to help establish a regional platform for high-level policy and strategic dialogue on education and human resource development (HRD) issues in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. SEAMEO will offer this regional platform through the establishment of the SEAMEO College. The TA is aligned with the objectives of ADB‟s Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy.

SEAMEO and ADB signed a memorandum of understanding in 2013 to facilitate collaboration in the development of regional cooperation programmes, including assistance from ADB to SEAMEO. To help achieve the ASEAN Community (AEC) in 2015 and beyond, SEAMEO aligned and intensified its initiatives to foster human and intellectual connectivity. The SEAMEO College is one of the SEAMEO initiatives under the 2011-2020 SEAMEO Strategic Plan. It is not a physical campus, but a high-level policy and strategy forum among education leaders and practitioners, and focuses on three major regional and cross-cutting issues and concerns, namely a) bridging regional divides; b) accelerating the process of creating a „common space‟ for education in Southeast Asia; and c) social needs and market demand signalling systems for technical manpower.

The SEAMEO College project comprises four modules, one of which is “Learning and Innovation Forum for Youth Leaders” (module 4). This module focuses on developing 'new leaders' who will take future leadership roles in education, science, culture and other initiatives in Southeast Asia and beyond. For youth to become 2 leaders, it is necessary to instil leadership qualities in them. These qualities may include creativity, confidence, courage, discipline, empathy, integrity, vision, accountability, and social responsibility.

In order to develop and nurture these leadership qualities, the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA), the designated Lead Centre for Module 4, proposes to organize the first “Learning and Innovation Forum for Youth Leaders” in October 2014. The ultimate goal of the activity and the module is to contribute to the overall SEAMEO College project in strengthening the capacity of leaders as part of the development and utilization of human resources towards a more integrated ASEAN Community.

II. Overall Objective

To provide a regional platform for youth representatives from SEAMEO member countries to build leadership skills and strengthen capacity that contribute to a more competitive ASEAN region. Specifically, the project aims to:

  1. Build leadership qualities for youth representatives in SEAMEO member countries.
  2. Prepare future leaders for their employability in the job market.
  3. Facilitate future leaders of ASEAN in understanding and appreciating their regional identity.
  4. Promote life and 21st century skills; new learning/teaching methods and education technologies; ASEAN curriculum content; and school- and community-based innovations and good practices.

III. Methodology

The forum will adopt participatory methods to raise awareness, stimulate creativity, innovation, and engagement of the participants so as to increase leadership qualities in the fields of regionalism (Southeast Asia), Global Citizenship, 21st Century life skills, corporate/social responsibility, communication, peace, and human rights. Activities shall include interactive workshop to design possible proposals, support networking, and systemic innovation relating to leadership; group discussions; lectures; collaboration projects; and visits that enable participants to learn and appreciate cohesion, economic resilience, participatory processes, ethical responsibility, and quality of life of a community or region.

The forum will focus on three key themes:

Theme 1: Leadership

  • Concepts and Facets of Leadership
  • Team Leadership / Learning Dynamics: Individual, Team and Organization
  • Leadership of 21st Century Global Citizens (APCEIU)

Theme 2: Professionalism

  • Core Values in Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Corporate/Social Responsibility Models
  • Professional and Intercultural Communication

Theme 3: Sustainable Development

  • Theories and Practices in Sustainable Development Economics (Ms. Rosalind Yunibandhu, Sustainable Development Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Bangkok)
  • Sustainable Environmental Management (Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict or Ms. Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa, Stockholm Environment Institute Asia Centre @ Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok)
  • Intercultural Appreciation and Understanding (APCEIU)

The forum will also include two site visits in the vicinity of Bangkok:

  1. Chitralada Royal Villa, Dusit Palace, Bangkok, which houses self-sustainable agricultural farms, as well as agricultural research and training centres.
  2. Kadi Chin multicultural community, Thonburi, Bangkok

In order to promote multicultural collaboration and understanding, participants will be asked to form teams comprising individuals from different nationalities and disciplines to work together on a team project (the topics of which will be decided during the course of project implementation).

IV. Target beneficiaries

  • Potential select young leaders in tertiary educational institutions in ASEAN member countries who will assume leadership roles in education, science, culture, law, economics, and other initiatives in Southeast Asia
  • A selection criteria to be developed in the course of project implementation.

V. Expected Outputs

  1. A forum on learning and innovations for youth leaders organized.
  2. A forum report.
  3. A more systematic and regular process of accessing, sharing and documenting noteworthy and good practices and experiences through learning and innovation platform and activities for education practitioners and youth leaders across Southeast Asia.

VI. Expected Outcomes

  1. Enhanced leadership and professional qualities of youth representatives that improve society.
  2. Strengthened employability for youth leaders.
  3. Understanding and appreciation of the ASEAN Community.
  4. Practices and experiences will be compiled and studied to promote life and 21st century skills; and school- and community-based innovations and good practices.