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Regional Collaboration

Partnership of SEAMEO and UNICEF

Led through cooperative tradition among Ministries of Education in the region, SEA-PLM emerges as a project between the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), committed to improving the quality of education through regional collaboration towards a more equitable and meaningful education for all children across the region. In line with SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas 2015–2035, and with the support of the Education Ministers of the region, SEA-PLM’s inclusion in the ASEAN Education Work Plan 2016–2020 further signifies its role as one of the key mechanisms to help achieve the regional goal of enhancing equitable opportunities to quality education and learning outcomes.

Technical Support to SEA-PLM

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) supports this initiative through technical advice and provision of capacity development based on its extensive experience in assessment and quality education.


Organizational Structure

The highest decision body overseeing the implementation of the initiative is the Regional Steering Committee comprising high-level official representatives from SEAMEO Member Countries and partner agencies. It is co-chaired by SEAMEO and UNICEF, and represented through the SEA-PLM Secretariat.

At national level, SEA-PLM is implemented by each country’s technical team under the Ministry of Education, supported by the UNICEF Country Office (CO) and /or SEAMEO Centre, with guidance by the National Steering Committee. Additionally, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) provides key technical support at regional and national levels.