The 14th SEAMEO INNOTECH International Conference
"A better future for every learner in Southeast Asia"
December 8 - 9 2015 | Quezon City, Philippines
SEAMEO INNOTECH is dedicated to identifying common and unique education problems, as well as generating new technologies and innovative solutions to develop the full potential of the people of Southeast Asia.
Every two years, the Center convenes an international conference, bringing together new ideas and diverse perspectives and experiences from the education stakeholders in the region and beyond. The Conference serves as a platform for focused conversations on key issues on education and development. It seeks to surface fresh insights, emerging theories, and effective practices to enrich the research and innovation agenda of the Center. The Conference also highlights the SEAMEO INNOTECH brand of service through its innovative and engaging learning experiences for participants.
This year, SEAMEO INNOTECH is convening the young people in the region, and everyone else who are passionate about education and learning in an inclusive dialogue that will take us a step closer to ensure a better future for all learners in Southeast Asia. Using Open Space Technology (OST) as the conference methodology, the participants discuss issues they feel passionate about. OST creates the space where crucial and diverse viewpoints are shared and discussed. Everyone in the room are experts, and have something to contribute in the discussion.
The youth-oriented focus for this year's Conference (IC/14) is inspired, partly, 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 iPod 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 Center’s 9th Five Year Development Plan, the IC/14 is expected to give the Center an opportunity to refine its programs 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.
The IC/14 aligns to the Center’s purpose of promoting, identifying and helping solve common education problems, and anticipate development needs in Southeast Asia. The two-day conference aims to:
- Give opportunity to young people and education policy makers, practitioners, and other stakeholders to come together in dialogue and shape the education development agenda for the region;
Surface innovative and practical inputs to the Youth Education Agenda; and
Present the Youth Education Agenda to the high officials and ministers of education of Southeast Asia.
At the end of the two-day conference, the participants are expected to draft the Youth Education Agenda, which will be presented to the high officials and ministers of education of Southeast Asia.
The IC/14 will focus on the youth and their reflections on improving the quality 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), Dakar (2000), and Incheon (2015), the voice of the youth – those who will eventually take up leadership roles and responsibilities - is an essential ingredient.
Complementing the voice of the youth would be the participation of education and development leaders 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.
VENUE AND DATE
The IC/14 will be held at the SEAMEO INNOTECH campus in the Philippines on December 8 to 9, 2015.
SEAMEO INNOTECH comprises a cluster of buildings located on the west side of the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman Campus in Quezon City. The main hub of the University is on the east side, separated from SEAMEO INNOTECH by the Commonwealth Avenue. Left of SEAMEO INNOTECH is the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT), a unit of the University, and to the right is the UP-Ayala Land TechnoHub, a technology and business incubator with a mini commercial complex. Technohub has a 24-hour convenience store, restaurants (including one that serves halal food), coffee shops, electronics accessories shop, and salon among others.
Since the conference uses OST as a method, conference sessions can be held anywhere within the Center premises. Meals and social events will be held at the Pearl Hall. Free WiFi can be accessed anywhere in the Center.
Click here for a vicinity map for the SEAMEO INNOTECH Center.
PASSPORT AND VISA
Participants from ASEAN Countries and those traveling on UN Laissez Passer are exempt from entry visa requirements. Please refer to the current Guidelines of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for the visa requirements (https://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/site-administrator/visa-information) for nationals of non-ASEAN countries.
SEAMEO INNOTECH would facilitate issuance of entry visas for participants who would require such. Kindly e-mail a PDF copy of the first page of your passport for visa assistance.
Please ensure that you have proper visa and travel document before departure. In most cases, a passport that is valid for at least six months and an onward airticket are required to have a visa.
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENT
We may arrange your international air travel based on the most direct route and economical return fare. Payment will be charged to your personal accounts.
All in-city travel, including transport to and from the airport, the Hotel, and SEAMEO INNOTECH for the duration of the conference will be provided by us. Special arrangements can also be made if you wish to go shopping during your free time.
AIRPORT ARRIVAL AND ASSISTANCE
Please advise us of your flight details in advance for us to arrange airport arrival courtesies and transport to the hotel. After clearing Immigrations and Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, please proceed to the International Organizations Desk (marked ADB, UNDP, etc.) at the airport arrival lobby where SEAMEO INNOTECH staff (with Identification Cards and bearing the SEAMEO INNOTECH sign) would be on hand to assist you and take you to the hotel.
Microtel by Wyndham - UP Technohub has 120 guestrooms housed in a 6-storey block in the UP-Ayala Land Technohub’s commercial development, along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines.
Daily room rate at the Microtel ranges from USD 67.00 to USD 115.00. Please direct your reservations to us to afford the corporate rate.
We can also help you with arrangements to other nearby hotels in Quezon City.
We will provide lunch, dinner, and AM/PM snacks during the conference. All meals are Halal and will be taken at SEAMEO INNOTECH.
Please indicate other special dietary requirements in the Participant’s Registration Form.
The prevailing exchange rate between USD 1.00 to the Philippine Peso is 46.11 (as of October 8, 2015), and is subject to daily changes. The exchange rate for cash is slightly lower than that of travelers’ cheques.
Peso bills come in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Pesos. Coins are in denominations of 5, 10, and 25 centavos, and 1, 5, and 10 Pesos. One (1) Peso is equivalent to 100 Centavos.
Foreign currency may be exchanged at the airport, in most of the department stores and malls, banks, and authorized money changers. Exchanging money elsewhere is illegal and risky. Most large stores, restaurants, hotels, and resorts accept major credit cards (including American Express), Visa and MasterCard. Traveler's checks are accepted at most hotels and large department stores.
The Philippines is a tropical country, with two seasons: hot and dry from March to May (29-34 °C) and rainy from June to October (27-32 °C). November to February (25-31 °C) are the coldest months in the country. Expect to have cool breeze in the early morning and at night. [http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/]
Wearing your national or traditional costume on the first day is optional. Casual and/or comfortable attire is recommended throughout the conference. We also recommend that you bring jacket or sweater as it can be cold during this season.
The standard voltage in Metro Manila is 220 Volts at 60Hz.
Plugs are Type A (flat blade attachment plug).
The country code for the Philippines is 63 and the area code for Metro Manila is 2.
International calls can be made through mobile phones, prepaid call cards for landlines, or through operator assisted calls. SIM cards of local mobile service providers (Globe/TM, Smart/Talk n' Text, Sun Cellular) and prepaid telephone cards are readily available in commercial establishments. Operator-assisted calls can be facilitated through the Hotel operator.
The SEAMEO INNOTECH campus has WiFi-enabled areas with a speedy broadband service accessible, free of charge, throughout the day. Similar arrangements have been made with the Hotel.
Below is a list of important telephone numbers for your quick reference:
• SEAMEO INNOTECH Trunklines:
(+63 2) 924-7681 to 84 / (+63 2) 927-5293 / (+63 2) 928-7567 / (+63 2) 928-7448 / (+63 2) 928-7268
• Emergency Numbers:
Police (+63 2) 920-1378/ (+63 2) 921-6146
Fire Department, Quezon City (+63 2) 924-1922 / (+63 2) 924-1857
HEALTH AND MEDICAL FACILITIES
We advise you to take full insurance cover for medical treatment and accidents, including evacuation to your home country. It is also advisable to have insurance cover for unexpected losses and expenses (e.g. cancelled flight, lost passport, stolen cash, credit cards, passport or luggage).
Please be wary of health advisories and check with your local health ministries few weeks before the conference. Also, ensure that you have an adequate supply of any medications you need and bring the prescription and package (showing the generic name of the medication) as it will make getting replacements simpler.
The following government-run and private hospitals and clinics are close to SEAMEO INNOTECH and are amongst those that we can recommend:
East Avenue corner Matalino Street, Diliman District, Quezon City
Direct Line: (+63 2) 925-2401
279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Boulevard Quezon City, 1112 Philippines
Telephone: Trunk Lines connecting all departments
(+63 2) 723-0101 / (+632) 723-0301 / Emergency Room: (+632) 725-2328 Fax: (+632) 723-1199
Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (+63 2) 988-1000 / (+63 2)988-7000
SEAMEO INNOTECH CONTACTS
• Mr. Benito Benoza
Manager, Knowledge Management and Networking Office
Directline: (+63 2) 351-7064
Trunkline: (+63 2) 924-7681 to 84 loc 194
• Mr. Juan Paolo Mateo
Trunkline: (+63 2) 924-7681 to 84 loc 163
• Mr. Jason Parafina
Trunkline: (+63 2) 924-7681 to 84 loc 159