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The 14TH SEAMEO INNOTECH International Conference
08 to 09 December 2015
Background and Purpose
SEAMEO INNOTECH has the mandate to generate new technologies and innovative solutions to develop the full potential of the peoples of Southeast Asia. Every two
years, the Centre convenes an international conference to bring together new ideas, diverse perspectives and experiences garnered by education stakeholders
in the region and beyond. The Conference serves as a platform for focused conversations on key issues on education and development. It serves as a way
for the Centre to promote its knowledge products and solutions. The Conference seeks to surface fresh insights, emerging theories and effective practices to
enrich the research and innovation agenda of the Centre. The IC also highlights the SEAMEO INNOTECH brand of service through its innovative and engaging
learning experiences for participants.
The 14th SEAMEO INNOTECH International Conference will move away from the traditional gathering of educators. The two-day future-oriented forum will also include
youth leaders to encourage collaboration between educators and learners and expand their networks.
The youth-oriented focus for the 14th SEAMEO INNOTECH International Conference is inspired, in part, by the global discourse on setting an agenda for development and education. The young are the principal stakeholders in the emergent education and learning landscape. It is essential for their voice to be heard by the policy-makers amid competing interests and concerns. This is best articulated by the former UNESCO Director of Basic Education and DepEd Undersecretary, Dr. Victor Ordonez (2008), when,
citing Mark Peasely, he had described the emerging reality where
"students think differently from us… they develop hypertext minds…they leap around… their cognitive structures are parallel, not sequential.” They do homework with i-pod earphones on, watching a television screen that often has a running subscript, pop-ups and side bars of information. And they seem to absorb it all. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of urban students play video games (becoming an industry that has outgrown formal schooling), but only 37 % of their teachers have even tried one.
How do we close the divide between technological native learners; and the technology immigrant educators? Ushering in Centre’s 9th Five Year Development Plan, the IC/14 is expected to give the Centre an opportunity to promote the programs even as the specific projects and activities may be refined by taking into account the views of the learners and youth leaders. These issues, among others, shall be explored through the two-day intensive dialogue with a view towards giving voice to the young people’s
views on how to shape the future of education in the region.
Conference Aims and Objectives
The 14th SEAMEO INNOTECH International Conference aligns to the SEAMEO INNOTECH purpose of promoting, identifying and helping solve common problems as well as
anticipate education development needs in the region. The Center likewise assists SEAMEO Member States in identifying solutions to education concerns in
individual countries. The two-day forum is envisaged to give the opportunity for young people and education policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders to come together in dialogue and together shape the education development agenda for the region.
At the end of the two-day conversation, innovative and practical inputs for thedevelopment agenda for education in the region, bringing together the views and
sentiments of the youth and nuanced by the experienced and pragmatic thoughts of mature educators is expected to emerge. These inputs for the education
agenda would be presented to the SEAMEO High Officials and Council of Ministers as inputs towards elaborating the region’s education agenda.
This Conference will focus on the youth and their reflections on improving thequality of education in the region. Amidst the various fora engaging different
stakeholders to shape a successor agenda to the Education for All (EFA) goals and action program forged in Jomtien (1990) and Dakar (2000), the voice of the
youth – those who will eventually take up leadership roles and responsibilities - is an essential ingredient.
As part of engaging the youth, we will be harnessing the dominating influence of socialmedia and technology popular in youth culture today.
Complementing the voice of the youth would be the participation of education and developmentleaders in the region, promising nuanced and innovative approaches to
fulfilling the EFA goals articulated in the global discourse. Southeast Asia’s demographics indicate that it is a region peopled by the young, and most SEA
societies are getting younger.
Conference Design and Methodology
Applying Open Space Technology as the principal conference methodology, the participants – comprising mainly of youth delegates – will have the opportunity to converse
on issues they are passionate about. The methodology creates the space in which crucial and diverse viewpoints, issues and ideas are raised, deliberated and
questioned. Underpinning it is the fundamental respect for individuals and the belief that everyone in the discussion has something to contribute that needs
to be heard. The Conference, tapping into the collective wisdom of the participants, will carry forward action points about future possibilities of
learning and education in the region.
It will culminate in a collective planning process to come up with a SoutheastAsian young people’s education agenda. In the final session of the Conference,
this Education Agenda will be presented to Senior Officials of the Ministries of Education in Southeast Asia for their response and action.
While primarily an opportunity for youth-led thought-leadership, the Conference will also allow opportunities for educators and other stakeholders engaged in youth
development initiatives to identify innovative strategies and approaches to support an inclusive youth education agenda for the region.
Aside from the participatory nature of the development of the Conference program, other associated events are envisaged to be organized in association with the 14th
International Conference. These associated events may be developed with the participation of the partners and co-organizers.
The broad Conference design will feature the following:
Keynote presentations by eminent invited speakers (to be presented live, real-time tele presentations, or pre-recorded messages) articulating the perspectives from the young
To ensure broad participation in the 14th International Conference, the efforts at promoting the IC/14 would focus on the strategic partnerships established and nurtured by the Centre engaging stakeholders groups and institutions. Support of various partners will be sought to enable participation of the ordinary teachers, education workers and students who may not have the institutional support.
Private corporations, international organizations, foundations and bilateral development agencies, among others, will be tapped to support youth leaders.
The promotion and marketing activities for the Conference also spring from the over-all partnership strategy, whereby institutional support from partners will
be the anchor intervention. Face to face and intensive presentations and promotions will be done with key institutions, including the Ministries of Education, international organizations, mass media institutions, and other key partners.
Most of the youth are online and connected, even those outside the education systems. Social media can be an effective tool to reach our audience and participants but can also be a great platform for our partners and sponsors to get their messages across through us. Social media can also help promote the conference through the social media channels of our partners and sponsors, thus exponentially widening our reach.
The Conference will thus leverage on these partnerships, going beyond sharing and provision of resources, to authentic co-development of the agenda for discussion, building on the key issues and advocacies that the participants are passionate about. Enabled by the web and social media platforms, these online discussions and fora would start off the iterative process of sharing and discussion, culminating in the two-day face to face conversation.