Education ministries of member countries of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) will convene at the 30th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting (HOM) from 20-22 Nov., 2007 Prof Dr Wichit Srisa-an, Minister of Education of Thailand will open the meet.
SEAMEO is aimed to share programmes and innovations and explore possible collaborative work on education initiatives and to discuss education issues; foremost among them is the use of Information and Communication Technology in improving the quality of education. Organised annually by the SEAMEO Secretariat, the SEAMEO HOM is attended by the key education officials of the 11 SEAMEO member countries namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, TimorLeste and Vietnam, and the directors of SEAMEO's 15 regional centres. Representatives of the eight SEAMEO associate member states – Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Spain, and the International Council for Open and Distance Learning, the affiliate member – will also attend the meeting, along with some of SEAMEO's partner organisations such as Asean, UNESCO, UNICEF, ADB and the World Bank. SEAMEO, established in 1965, is the oldest intergovernmental organisation and the longest-serving forum for regional cooperation in education, science and culture in the Southeast Asian region.