On August 22, 2023, a convocation convened at the serene environment of Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines ─ home to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA). This gathering featured thirty-three distinguished participants hailing from a constellation of sixteen SEAMEO Centres and Units, who assembled to deliberate upon the inception of a Knowledge Management (KM) framework. This transformative initiative is poised to serve as the bedrock of SEAMEO's overarching strategy for capacity-building.
KM initiative is an integral component of the broader SEAMEO endeavor, which was inaugurated on February 29, 2012. Its mission is to harmonize and disseminate best practices, frameworks, programs, and strategic plans, while also facilitating seamless communication between both internal and external stakeholders. This initiative was initially introduced within the SEAMEO Strategic Plan (SSP) 2011-2020. However, in the revised SSP (2021-2030), the framework has undergone meticulous refinement, with a refined focus on the comprehensive SEAMEO-wide KM concept. Furthermore, the latest iteration places distinct emphasis on specific strategies and activities encompassing three pivotal domains: the establishment of information systems, engagement with external stakeholders, and the fostering of collaboration in business and partnership development.
In the wake of an extended hiatus necessitated by the unprecedented challenges posed by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-2019) Pandemic, SEAMEO Centres embarked on a momentous resumption of their vital symposium. Spanning two full days, this reinvigorated assembly convened a distinguished cohort. In attendance were SEAMEO unit heads, a centre director, and a network coordinator, alongside five deputy directors/coordinators, six Knowledge Management (KM) heads, assistant heads, or coordinators, and nine communication/public relations/corporate affairs/international relations heads or staff. Additionally, three information technology heads and staff, as well as eight heads or staff representing other integral units within their respective SEAMEO Centres, were also present to partake in this significant gathering.
The two-day event featured a dynamic agenda led by Ms. Pintip Iamnirath, the Deputy Director for Administration and Communication at the SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES). At the commencement of the event, Ms. Iamnirath delivered a compelling presentation elucidating her vision for Knowledge Management (KM) within the SEAMEO context.
Her address encompassed four salient themes: the SEAMEO-wide KM framework and coordination mechanism, SEAMEO-wide information management, SEAMEO-wide communication with external stakeholders, and SEAMEO-wide initiatives for business and partnership development. This presentation provided valuable insights into the core principles and strategic avenues that will shape the KM landscape within SEAMEO.
The participants were organized into distinct groups with the purpose of conducting brainstorming sessions and engaging in in-depth discussions pertaining to the vision and desired outcomes for each aspect of the forum's deliverables. These components encompassed the KM framework, information management, and related subjects. Within this collaborative environment, participants explored best practices and strengths associated with each specific area while also identifying areas of vulnerability and potential weaknesses in terms of KM functions within SEAMEO and specific units.
Within the SEAMEO STEM-ED domain, the esteemed members of fellow SEAMEO Centers were provided with an insightful overview of the programs that this Center is actively pursuing and contributing to. One such program, titled "Using Colouring Book to Enhance Unplugged Computational Thinking," has been prominently pushed forward by SEAMEO STEM-ED's Director, Dr. Kritsachai Somsaman. The program is underpinned by the aspiration to infuse creativity and joy into the educational journey, facilitating cognitive development while ensuring accessibility for all students.
As a culmination of this highly productive two-day event, participants reached a unanimous consensus to embark on the next phase of advancing the SEAMEO-wide Knowledge Management (KM) framework. Central to this endeavor is the formulation of a comprehensive strategy and actionable plan for the implementation of the KM system, which may be organized differently across various SEAMEO Centres. This collective effort is intrinsically guided by the shared objective to harness the full potential of KM for the greater benefit of the Southeast Asian region as a whole.
𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞:
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (SEAMEO VOCTECH)
• Ms. Nursyuhaidah Haji Ahmad, Corporate Affairs Officer, Corporate Affairs Division
• Ms. Aiman Bazilah binti Haji Alihan, Public Relations Officer, Knowledge Management Division
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Technical Education Development (SEAMEO TED)
• Mr. Khat Prumsochetra, Deputy Director for Administration, Finance, and Planning
SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMEO SEAMOLEC)
• Mr. Yaya Sutarya, Deputy Director for Administration
• Ms. Zahrani Balqis, Staff, Community Partnership Marketing and Publication
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (SEAMEO QITEP) in Mathematics
• Ms. Caecilia Cahyaningsih Kristilestari, Head, PFI (Personnel Finance and Infrastructure) Division
• Mr. Febriarto Cahyo Nugroho, Staff, PIPRM (Partnership, International Public Relations, and Marketing) Division
SEAMEO Regional Center for Food and Nutrition (SEAMEO RECFON)
• Mrs. Evi Nurhidayati, Assistant Manager, Knowledge Management and Policy Support
• Ms. Nur Ezdiani Bt Yusoff, Knowledge Management Manager, Knowledge Management Unit
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education and Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM)
• Dr. Shah Jahan Bin Assanarkutty, Centre Director
• Ms. Nur Ezdiani Bt Yusoff, Knowledge Management Manager, Knowledge Management Unit
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Educational Needs (SEAMEO SEN)
• Mr. Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Wahab, Unit Head, Strategic Communication Unit
• Ms. Fezny Othman, Programme Officer, Strategic Communication Unit
SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES)
• Ms. Pintip Iamnirath, Deputy Director, Administration and Communication
• Ms. Pitchayawadi Arreenich, Knowledge Management Officer
• Mr. Garry Pawitandra Poluan, Innovation and Information Specialist
• Mr. Anusorn Dusitpirom, Digital Support Officer
SEAMEO Regional Centre for STEM Education (SEAMEO STEM-ED)
• Dr. Orawan Sriboonruang, STEM Education Specialist - Professional Academy and Learning Resources, Programme Development
• Ms. Varangkana Ruengvisesh, Senior Communication Officer, Communication and Fundraising
SEAMEO Regional Institute for Higher Education and Development
• Ms. Christelle Mae Agustin, Director, Knowledge Management, Programme Team
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability (SEAMEO SEPS)
• Ms. Piyapa Su-angavatin, Programme Officer, Programme Division
SEAMEO Regional Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network (SEAMEO TROPMED Network)
• Dr. Pratap Singhasivanon, Secretary General/ Coordinator
• Dr. Ma Sandra B. Tempongko, Deputy Coordinator
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine (SEAMEO TROPMED Thailand)
• Ms. Rattikan Thakhamma, Nurse, KM unit, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University
• Mr. Jirapat Khonjen, Policy and Planning Analyst, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University
SEAMEO Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology
• Mrs. Kochakorn Khattapan Acidre, Deputy Center Director
• Mr. Jelico Angelo V. Arriesgado, Senior Officer, KMNO-IMU
SEAMEO Regional Center for Public Health, Hospital and Environmental,
and Occupational Health (SEAMEO TROPMED Philippines)
• Dr. Patrick Garcia Sylim, Assistant Professor 4, Department of Health Policy, and Administration
SEAMEO Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
• Ms. Lanie C. Reyes, Unit Head, Applied Knowledge Resources Unit
• Mr. Jaymark Warren T. Dia, Unit Head, Management Information Systems Unit
• Mr. Jerome Cayton C. Barradas, Project Coordinator II, AFNR Knowledge Platform, RTLD
• Ms. Lichelle Dara E. Carlos, Program Specialist, EIGD
• Ms. Leah Lyn D. Domingo, Public Relations Specialist, Partnerships Unit
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (SEAMEO CELLL)
• Ms. Tran Hai Anh, Specialist, International Relations, Cooperation Department
• Mr. Nguyen Hoang Nam Nhat, Specialist, Information & Communication Technology Department