Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Early Childhood Care and Education (SEAMEO CECCEP) made a big step by exploring strategic cooperation with UNESCO Jakarta. This meeting is expected to open new opportunities and strengthen cooperation in improving the quality of early childhood education and parenting in the Southeast Asian region. The meeting was attended by Prof. Vina Adriany, Ph.D Director of SEAMEO CECCEP, Ith Vuthy, Deputy Director for Program and Rizal Nugraha Head of Advocacy and Partnership. The SEAMEO CECCEP team was welcomed by Dr. Maki Katsuno-Hayashikawa, Director of UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Jakarta and National Professional Officer for Education Unit, Mr. Gunawan Zakki on 29 September 2023 at UNESCO Building Jakarta.
During the meeting, both parties agreed to support each other and collaborate on various educational initiatives, especially those related to parenting and early childhood education. SEAMEO CECCEP Director, stated, "the exploration of this collaboration is an important step in supporting our vision of promoting children's and families' well-being in the Southeast Asian Region. By collaborating with UNESCO Jakarta, we believe we can achieve greater results in improving access and quality of early childhood education."
Meanwhile, Dr. Maki Haisyaikawa, welcomed the exploration of this collaboration, stating that, "Education is the key to building a sustainable and inclusive future. Cooperation with SEAMEO CECCEP will enable us to share knowledge, experience, and resources to create positive impact in society.
In the framework of this cooperation, SEAMEO CECCEP and UNESCO Jakarta plan to hold a series of joint activities, including knowledge exchange, and in the implementation of regional forum activities. In addition, they will also focus on innovative curriculum development, teacher empowerment, and improving access to education for children across the Southeast Asian region.
This cooperation is expected to serve as a model for regional cooperation in education and make a positive contribution to the development of children in Southeast Asia. SEAMEO CECCEP and UNESCO Jakarta are optimistic that this move will bring long-term benefits to the people and education in the region.