DepEd PH turns over ASEAN Education Sector leadership to Vietnam

Published February 18, 2022, 2:17 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) Philippines formally turned over the leadership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Education Sector organizations to the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones (Photo from DepEd)

After two years at the helm, Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones thanked the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Secretaries and Ministers of Education in the Region, and other officials for supporting the Philippine DepEd during its tenure.

“The Department was able to assist our neighboring countries in crafting initiatives and ideas to improve the education delivery, especially amid the [coronavirus disease] COVID-19 pandemic,” Briones said in a statement issued Friday, Feb. 18.

“Our leadership was challenging, but the endless support of the member countries made it easier for us,” she added.

Guided by the theme “Transforming Education the ASEAN Way: Forging Partnerships in the Global Age of Disruptions,” the Philippine chairpersonship highlighted the relentless and unified effort of the ASEAN Ministries of Education in ensuring that learning continues and thrives even in times of disruption.

DepEd was able to spearhead and host 26 meetings and adopted ten documents and declarations to ensure continuous coordination despite travel restrictions.

The department also worked closely with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) throughout its term, following the principle of a trifocalized education system.

(Photo from DepEd)

The flow of chairmanship among the member states of the ASEAN education sector follows the alphabetical order.

However, with the demands of its current chairmanship of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) council, Singapore shall assume its term as chair in 2024 instead of this year following Vietnam.

Following the transition, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training Prof. Dr. Nguyen Kim Son is now the head of the ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting, ASEAN Plus Three Education Ministers Meeting, East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting, and their related senior officials’ meetings.

On behalf of the DepEd, Briones congratulated Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training as they take over the ASEAN Education Sector’s organizations.

“Rest assured that you have the country’s support in your plans moving forward,” Briones said.