The SEAMEO CDM 2023, conducted annually, is purposed to be a platform to celebrate milestones and gains of SEAMEO Centres/Network, discuss key concerns and challenges, determine areas of support and partnerships, streamline reporting processes, and foster collaboration with partners. It has been an honour for Dr Sumardyono (SEAQiM Director) and Dr Sri Wulandari Danoebroto (SEAQiM Deputy Director for Programme) to live-attend at Arnoma Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The summit was held on 25-26 July 2023 and continued with a back-to-back event, Workshop on Unplugged Computational Thinking Using Colouring Book: Classroom Observation, on 27 July 2023.
The CDM commenced with a video message from the esteemed President of SEAMEO Council and Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, HE Sara Zimmerman Duterte, who extended her warm greetings to all invited guests. Following this, the event was officially inaugurated by the Director of SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES), Datuk Dr. Habibah Abdul Rahim.
Distinguished representatives, including directors and deputies from twenty-six (26) SEAMEO Centres, along with two (2) Associate member countries (Spain and the Kingdom of Morocco), and four (4) affiliate members – British Council, SEAOHUN, University of Tsukuba, and the Education University of Hong Kong (EduHK), actively participated in the meeting. Additionally, 17 esteemed partners joined the discussions to explore potential collaborations and exchange insights on educational advancements. This CDM event was fully conducted in person, especially for representatives from all centres, after being previously held in a blended mode.
The first day of the meeting commenced with two special sessions designed exclusively for SEAMEO Centres and Networks. In the first session, the Proposed SEAMEO Results Framework and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were presented and discussed extensively in the plenary. The second session featured a workshop that focused on developing guidelines for three aspects: Research, Partnership, and Course Development. Both sessions witnessed active involvement and valuable inputs and contributions from Dr. Sumardyono and Dr. Sri Wulandari Danoebroto as representatives from SEAQiM.
During the CDM event, the Working Paper presentation session was divided into two parts: Matter for Information and Update, consisting of nineteen (19) WPs, and Matter for Discussion, consisting of sixteen (16) WPs. SEAQiM showcased its significant contribution to education with a compelling Working Paper titled “The SEAQiM’s Instrument for Mathematics Teachers Proficiency (SIMaTeP) in Southeast Asia Countries (Progress Report).” SIMaTeP delved into comprehensive research on evaluating teachers’ proficiency in content, pedagogy, and technology integration, following the TpaCK Framework.
On the second day, the WPs were presented by Associate Member Countries and Affiliate Members. Throughout the event, fruitful networking sessions allowed the participants to explore potential collaborations with partners from various educational institutions. During this session, SEAQiM representatives had the opportunity to discuss and explore potential collaborations with several partners, including Beijing Normal University, the HEAD Foundation, British Council, and NISAI Group. Notably, the University of Jyväskylä joined as a proposed partner, building upon a history of successful collaborations with SEAQiM.
The closing ceremony took place on July 26, 2023, by the Director of SEAMES. The CDM 2023 allowed international education leaders to foster mutual understanding, share best practices, and explore collaborative efforts to enhance education across Southeast Asia and beyond. As participants bid farewell to this virtual gathering, the commitment to advancing education remained unwavering, laying the foundation for a brighter future in education.