The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1965 among governments of Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture in the region.

As an organization that has continued to nurture human capacities and explored the peoples’ fullest potential, the SEAMEO maintains its work and aspirations for development with peoples of the region to make lives better in quality and equity in education, preventive health education, culture and tradition, information and communication technology, languages, poverty alleviation and agriculture and natural resources.

The organisation’s highest policy-making body is the SEAMEO Council, which comprises the 11 Southeast Asian education ministers. The SEAMEO Secretariat is located in Bangkok, Thailand.

Vision : “The leading organization for enhancing regional understanding and cooperation in education, science and culture for a better quality of life in Southeast Asia”

Mission : “To enhance regional understanding, cooperation and unity of purpose among Member Countries for a better quality of life through the establishment of networks and partnerships, the provision of fora among policy makers and experts, and the promotion of sustainable human resource development”

Motto : “Leading through Learning”


Our Vision

A regional research, advocacy and capacity building center of excellence in early childhood care education and parenting.


Enhance regional and global commitments to quality early childhood education and parenting through:

–Conducting research that supports advocacy and capacity building among stakeholders of ECCE and parenting;

–Supporting the development of regional policy and programs;

–Building partnership networks of policy-makers, professionals and practitioners;

–Promoting sustainable human resource development in the SEAMEO region to benefit children, families and professional stakeholders in each member country


– Best Interest Children;

– Cultural, Social, economic, religious and gender sensitive;

– Social and community responsiveness;

– Inclusive Practice


– Children, parents and families.

– Governments and policy makers within the SEAMEO region.

– Profesionals and practitioner of ECCEP services.

– Social enterpreneurs, CSOs and NGOs enggaged in ECCEP services

– Researchers and research institutions in fields of ECCEP.

– Other relevant partners and donor agencies that operate in the region.


Promoting Children’s and Families’ Well-Being in Southeast Asian Region

Any program developed by governments. NGOs, and other stakeholders including SEAMEO CECCEP should ensure that children
along with the families’ well-being are at the forefront of the programs. This theme is then translated into three main flagship


1. Children Access and Participation to Quality ECCE

Ensuring all boys and girls are having equal access to high quality ECCE is one of the mandates of the Sustainable Developments Goals. The notions of access and participation should not be confined to the school's enrollment rates but they need to be understood as attempts to recognize children's voices and agencies.

2. Anti bias education

Anti-bias education is an educational approach that recognizes and celebrates the differences among children, teachers, and families. The main objective of the approach is to introduce children with people from different religions, ethnicity, race, gender, and socioeconomic status. It is hoped that young children since the very beginning have recognized the need to live together with people from different backgrounds, and more importantly to appreciate those differences.

3.Holistic and integrated ECEC

Holistic and integrated ECE Program is a comprehensive early childhood care provision that includes nutrition and health services, education, care and protection to optimise all aspects of early childhood development. On the other hand, stunting and children's health are necessary due to issues arising among stakeholders in the early years' education setting. HI ECE in Indonesia is an effort carried out to meet the diverse and interrelated essential needs of children simultaneously, systematically, and integratedly. Yet, understanding and knowledge about holistic integrative among SEA member countries is still unclear.