READI supported the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Member States in organizing a second workshop to review the draft ‘ASEAN State of Education Report’. The workshop was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 12 September 2013, as a follow-up of the first such workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia on 26 June 2013.
Dr. Ananto K. Seta, representing Indonesia as the chair of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education, or SOM-ED, welcomed the delegates in his opening remarks the workshop and Mr. Mads Korn, Attaché in charge of education at the EU Delegation in Bangkok was at hand to provide additional background information on the involvement of the EU in the READI Project and their work in the education sector within ASEAN. The two READI education consultants, who had drafted the report, Mr. Richard Martin and Prof. Martin Hayden, presented their findings, data and analysis. The material compiled in the draft report had been gathered by Prof. Hayden and Mr. Martin during their visits to ASEAN Member States and a large number of interviews with stakeholders.
Workshop participants discussed a number of refinements to the draft report and, emanating out of these discussions, delegates provided important improvements to the draft that the consultants incorporated after the workshop, including further inputs from ASEAN Member States.
Dr. Ananto K. Seta concluded the workshop by sincerely thanking all those involved in preparing the draft report with their obvious enthusiasm and commitment to a further significant development milestone in the integration of the ASEAN community. All delegates agreed that the mutual cooperation augurs well for the economic developments that will occur to open up labour market mobility in 2015 and further integration in 2020.
The draft report will now be finalized and prepared for endorsement by the respective ASEAN bodies and eventual publication prior to the forthcoming ASEAN Education Ministers in May 2013. READI will continue to support these next steps and the shared hope by all stakeholders is that the report will provide a strong basis for further cooperation in the education sector in the future.
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