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Posted:28 Jun 2018
SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award (SAELA) 2018

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Government of Australia are proud to announce the call for entries for the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award (SAELA) 2018.
SAELA gives recognition and financial assistance to projects or proposals that demonstrate education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia to bring about a better quality of life through positive relations, education advancement, cultural harmony, innovation, and research.
The objectives of the SAELA are:

  1. To showcase education, training and research cooperation activities and the value these have in fostering stronger people-to-people and institutional links;
  2. To provide opportunity for sharing and learning of new ideas on education cooperation; and
  3. To promote development of effective education partnerships between countries, organizations, and communities.
About SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award (SAELA)

SAELA seeks to acknowledge and reward innovative projects or proposals that demonstrate one or more of the following:

  1. Effective and inspiring efforts of individuals, groups of people, education institutions or organizations to improve education cooperation and linkages across the SEAMEO region and between SEAMEO member countries and Australia;
  2. Recognition of diversity of individuals and sectors in promoting cross-border partnerships on education and thereby inter-cultural understanding;
  3. Support to integration/regionalization of education while promoting the importance of and respect for local wisdom;

The innovation will be in the field of education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia.

Entry for SAELA consideration can be either:

  1. Existing project on education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia
  2. Proposal on education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia that could later be implemented in the Southeast Asian context, possibly in cooperation with SEAMEO.

Winning project or project proposal is:

  1. Innovative and demonstrates development and/or implementation of an idea, a tool, a model or initiative that helps improve education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia.
  2. Effective and highlights positive results of education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia such as:
    • transfer of new ideas between countries
    • expansion of educational opportunities
    • improvement of education quality
    • formation of long-term people-to-people links
    • promotion of mutual understanding
  3. Dynamic and involves various individuals and sectors in the promotion of cooperation in education between Australia and Southeast Asia
Examples of Eligible Entries

Entries should present excellent examples of education-related initiatives (either ongoing or proposed) in Southeast Asia and with participation of a country or countries in Southeast Asia and Australia. Entries could be (but not limited to) the following:

    • capacity development for teachers
    • support for development of curriculum and educational materials
    • research  consortium
    • advocacy and networking
    • media collaboration
    • community-based development work

Initiatives and proposals should demonstrate the links created or to be created between a country or countries in Southeast Asia and Australia. Examples of these are cooperation in providing technical expertise, adopting/adapting noteworthy practices, technology transfer, and others.

Proposals however should not be activities that might be more effectively supported through the Australian Government’s Australia Awards scholarships program such as scholarships and research in Australia. For proposals of this nature, see

Who can enter?
  1. SAELA is open to any national (individual or organisation) of a SEAMEO Member Country: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
  2. The entrant must be at least 18 years old.
  3. Never won any SEAMEO Awards for the past three years.
  4. Staff members of the SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO Regional Centres and their employees and families are not qualified to compete for this Award.
  5. By submitting an entry, the applicant gives SEAMEO Secretariat and the Australian Government permission to use the information submitted including photos for publication and publicity purposes.
How to enter?
  1. Entrants must complete an Online Entry Form at Neither printing nor manual mail is required.
  2. Follow closely the instructions in the online entry form.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to entrant’s registered email address immediately after submission. Acknowledgement email for the receipt of your entry will also be sent by SEAMEO Secretariat.
  4. The online entry form allows for editing and update, and can be done before the deadline.
  5. The deadline for submission of entries is at 23.59hrs, 27 Sep 2018 (+7 UTC).
Assessment Criteria and Selection Process
  1. SAELA Evaluation Committee consists of experts from Southeast Asia and representatives from SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO Centres, the Australian Government, SEAMEO’s partner organisations like UNESCO, and other relevant bodies with expertise in educational fields.
  2. The evaluation will be based on the merit of the proposal as indicated by:
    • Innovation, practicability and originality
    • Scope for replication and expansion
    • Value for money and sustainability
    • Benefit and relevance to Southeast Asia and linkages to Australia through the transfer of new ideas, broadened educational opportunities, improvements to education quality, formation of long-term people-to-people links and improvements to mutual understanding to the benefit of all parties.
Details of the Award
  1. Winner will receive a grant of AUD$10,000, to support activities of the winning project.
  2. Entrants must specify proposed use of the grant in the entry form. It can be for participation   in   conferences; delivery   of   training   courses; academic   exchange programs; cooperation between education institutions; internship programme; expansion of an existing project; purchase of project-related materials and equipment; or other related activities.
  3. Winner is expected to submit a report to SEAMEO after the conclusion of the Project, including information on how the grant money was used.
  4. Winner will receive the grant and Plaque of Recognition at the 41th SEAMEO High Official Meeting, 28 – 29 November 2018 in Bangkok. A round-trip economy air ticket from his/her home country will be provided, including pre-determined accommodation and stipend to receive a plaque of recognition.
  5. For a winning entry developed by a group or organization, only one representative will be invited to the Awarding Ceremony.
  6. Winner will be notified by the SEAMEO Secretariat. Information on the awarding ceremony and winner’s attendance will be provided.
  7. SAELA Rules and Regulations can be modified or amended without prior notice, by the Organisers.

Further information please contact:

Ms. Anti Rismayanti
Programme Officer for Information & Development
SEAMEO Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand