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First Sub-Regional Workshop
Pre-primary Teacher Development in South-East Asia

Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok, 1-3 July 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Southeast Asian countries have made important progress in the field of early childhood care and education (ECCE). Several countries developed specific national policies or laws concerning early childhood, and most countries have developed national ECCE standards or curricular frameworks. However, equitable access to ECCE programmes remains a major challenge for all countries, while the quality of ECCE provision has been subject to increasing scrutiny. 

Well-trained teachers are central to the quality of ECCE, as they can offer child-centred, stimulating and language-rich learning experiences. While there is enormous diversity among Southeast Asian countries in terms of their levels of development, their awareness of the key roles played by pre-primary teachers and interest in upgrading their qualifications are being observed across the sub-region.

Workshop Objective

The workshop aims to discuss the SEAMEO countries’ achievements and challenges in the field of pre-primary teacher education and professional development and develop a framework for the Southeast Asian Guidelines for Pre-primary Teacher Development.

Expected Outputs

  • Good practices, lessons learnt and remaining challenges identified and discussed among SEAMEO countries
  • A draft framework for the Southeast Asian Guidelines for Pre-primary Teacher Development prepared, to be presented to the 37th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting (November 2014).