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Monday, May 14, 2012

SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award


Dato’ Dr Rosli bin Mohamed
Secretary General
Ministry of Education
Level 8, Block E8, Parcel E
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62604 Putrajaya, Malaysia

Dear Dato’ Dr Rosli,
SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award

With reference to the approval of the SEAMEO Council in April 2012, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT) in cooperation with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. are pleased to announce the launch of the SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award. The award will be held every year from 2012 to 2014 to promote and share best practices in ESD in schools across Southeast Asia.

In view of recent natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, cyclones, landslides and etc. that have caused massive destruction, including the loss of lives and a devastating effect on communities in Japan and in Southeast Asian countries, the theme of 2012 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award is “Education for Disaster Risk Reduction” which aims to:

1. Raise awareness of Education for Disaster Risk Reduction among schools and communities in Southeast Asia;

2. Promote and share best practices of Education for Disaster Risk Reduction within schools and communities in Southeast Asia; and

3. Prepare schools and communities in Southeast Asia plan strategies that reduce risk and losses caused by natural disasters.

We would like to invite all public and private schools in the 11 SEAMEO Member countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam to submit information about their respective school’s activities/programmes related to the theme “Education for Disaster Risk Reduction”. Details of the award and guidelines for submission of entries are available in the SEAMEO website:

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  • The last day for submission of entries is on 10 August 2012.

    In this regard, we would like to kindly request the support of your good office to disseminate and promote the announcement of this 2012 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award as herewith attached to public and private schools in your country. In addition, it would be highly appreciated if the information of this award could be posted on the Ministry’s website and announcement boards.

    For more information of the SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award, please contact Ms Piyapa Su-angavatin, SEAMEO Secretariat, through email at:

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  • or by telephone number: +66 (0) 2391 0144.

    Your kind support and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

    Yours sincerely,

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