SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) participated in ASEAN Conference on Out-of-School Children and Youth with the theme “No one left behind: Advancing Partnership towards a Learning, Inclusive, and Sustainable Community” which was conducted in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 16-17, 2019. This conference was organized as a part of the activities under the ASEAN Chairmanship of Thailand led by the Ministry of Education of Thailand in collaboration with UNESCO Bangkok, UNICEF EAPRO, UNICEF Thailand, SEAMEO Secretariat and the ASEAN Secretariat.
In this Conference, SEAMOLEC was represented by Abdul Rizal Adompo, the Manager of IT Content and Knowledge Management Division. He presented about SEAMOLEC Innovative Educational Resources for Remote Areas (SIERRA) technology that can be used to deliver educational digital contents in remote areas.
Available contents in SIERRA among others are results from cooperation with Rumah Belajar (PUSTEKKOM), Khan Academy, Biovision, Mathematics Lab, and many more. SIERRA can be filled with learning materials as needed by schools, teachers, or the institution as users. This will certainly give distinct advantages for schools and relevant educational institutions, as it can indirectly protect students from accessing dangerous sites or pornography contents. Besides, it can serve as an alternative solution to deliver digital contents for disadvantaged schools which cannot be reached by internet or electricity.
Another issue being delivered through the session was about the scarcity of available content for disadvantaged students, especially students who have special needs. For that issue, SEAMOLEC offers and welcomes all possible cooperation to develop certain contents including sharing best practice and pedagogy for delivering it.