The Governing Board Meeting (GBM) is an annual event which places an important role in all SEAMEO Centres, including SEAMOLEC. It serves as an opportunity to review the past activities and to discuss the plans for the following year. It is also held to ensure the relevance and responsiveness of the centre’s operation in human resource development, science, and education.
This year SEAMOLEC held the GBM virtually for the first time. It is due to the global outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic which has caused the uncertainty of travelling situation within the region. In addition, all SEAMEO Centres are strongly suggested by the SEAMEO Secretariat to conduct this year GBM in online mode.
The online GBM was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 starting at 09.00 to 14.00 hours (GMT+7) using video conference system. There were 7 Governing Board (GB) members and representatives presented in the meeting, they were from Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The meeting was started with the SEAMEO Color and SEAMEO Song presentation followed by welcome remarks by SEAMOLEC Director, Dr Alpha Amirrachman who greeted and thanked all meeting participants. In his remarks he mentioned that SEAMOLEC has been trying its best to be relevant to the priorities set by the Ministry and SEAMEO. He also highlighted several significant achievements accomplished by the Centre within the fiscal year based on the 4 core tasks: training, research and development, information dissemination, and consultancy services.
SEAMEO Secretariat Director, Dr Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela, also delivered her remarks. She informed that the Governing Board meetings are important milestones of all SEAMEO Centres to update the ministries on the accomplishments and proposals. She shared the accomplishments and updates from the SEAMEO Secretariat. She also mentioned 3 programmes launched by SEAMEO Secretariat as part of the multi-pronged approach to ensure that learners in Southeast Asia have a consistent and reliable source of much-needed information online; The SEAMEO Webinar Series, SEAMEO Ministerial Policy e-Forum, and SEAMEO Lecture Series. She concluded her remark by congratulating SEAMOLEC for all significant achievements that have been made to enhance distance learning in Southeast Asia through various innovations and initiatives.
The official opening remarks was delivered by Dr Evy Mulyani, the Head of Bureau of Cooperation and Public Relations, on behalf of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) of Indonesia. She mentioned the appreciation to SEAMOLEC with its expertise which has been greatly assisting the MoEC of Indonesia in developing, implementing, and monitoring programmes and activities of several Directorate Generals, Bureaus, and Units. She suggested SEAMOLEC to always find the relevance of its programmes with the Education Policy in Indonesia and the SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas, which is our shared commitment.
The meeting discussed 16 working papers (WP) and 1 in-camera session prepared by the GBM Committee. All documents were presented by SEAMOLEC Board of Directors and endorsed by the GB members. At the end of the meeting, all GB members agreed to conduct the meeting in Bandung city, Indonesia on September 13-17, 2021. Hopefully the condition will get better next year, and the GBM could be conducted face to face as usual.