Recover learning and rebuild education in the ASEAN Region Roundtable: policy brief

Since 2020, COVID-related school closures have affected the quality of education for more than 152 million children in Southeast Asia (ASEAN, 2022). Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have adopted a wide range of responses to tackle this challenge and are now rebuilding to both recover from the effects of the pandemic and strengthen their education systems for the future. On 16 March 2022, ASEAN Ministers of Education met UK government officials and education specialists to discuss education challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Recover Learning and Rebuild Education in the ASEAN Region Roundtable was co-hosted by the ASEAN Secretariat; the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam; British Expertise International (BEI); Her Majesty’s Department for International Trade (DIT) in the United Kingdom; and the Cambridge Partnership for Education. This policy brief summarises the key discussion points that arose from the roundtable and includes policy recommendations derived from the contributions and insights of the attending ministries. These included representatives from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


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