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SEAMEO Joins IDPP Partnership Network

IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn poses with SEAMEO SEN Director Dr. YasminThe IDPP is pleased to welcome the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) as its fourth outreach partner and newest member of the IDPP global partnership network. SEAMEO joins outreach partners Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict); Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD); International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI); and 19 renowned universities across ASEAN and around the world focused on building an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based ASEAN region.

Following an initial meeting between the IDPP and SEAMEO’s Special Education Network (SEAMEO SEN) during the 2014 IDPP Annual Meeting, IDPP and SEAMEO have continued to work toward creating a strategic collaborative work partnership. During an extended executive mission to ASEAN in September, IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn, along with IDPP Executive Committee Member and Executive Director of the Nippon Foundation Mr. Shuichi Ohno, visited the SEAMEO secretariat in Bangkok, Thailand to meet with SEAMEO Director Dr. Witaya; SEAMEO SEN Director Dr. Yasmin binti Hussain; and other senior officials to continue to discuss the formation of a partnership. Subsequently, the IDPP and SEAMEO SEN organized a series of meetings and collaborative work opportunities throughout the month that culminated in an invitation to present on a prospective SEAMEO-IDPP partnership during the Annual SEAMEO Board Meeting held from 28-29 September in Langkawi, Malaysia.

The IDPP is now working on plans to host a delegation of approximately 20 SEAMEO senior officials and research center directors for a study tour to Washington, DC and New York in January 2015. During their stay, members of the SEAMEO delegation will make several key site visits in both cities, including visits to American University’s campus, the U.S. Department of State, USAID, several ASEAN member country embassies, and United Nations headquarters in New York.

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

As an organization that has continued to nurture human capacities and explore peoples’ fullest potential, 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, agriculture and natural resources.

The organization'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.

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