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Secretary Briones commends SEAMEO INNOTECH for its contributions to Philippine education

SEAMEO INNOTECH’s contribution on PH education cited during its 51st Anniversary

MANILA – Despite of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology, its key technological projects and contributions to learning continuity deserves praise.

This was how Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones summed up SEAMEO-INNOTECH’s significant contributions during the virtual launch of its commemorative coffee table book SPECTRUM: Stories of SEAMEO INNOTECH’s 50 Vibrant Years and the celebration of their 51st anniversary late last month.

“The services rendered by the center and its contribution to the host country, especially at the weight of the pandemic, are much appreciated, no matter how, no matter what.” Secretary Briones said during its launch.

It will be recalled Secretary Briones was elected Vice President of the SEAMEO for 2021-2022 during the 51st SEAMEO Council (SEAMEC) Conference.

“The center’s innovation relates to promoting access and improved quality of education in the context of major disruptions enabled by appropriate technology and drawn from research,” Secretary Briones further said.

SPECTRUM is part of SEAMEO INNOTECH’s celebration for their 50th anniversary last year. It includes the five decades of service for the center reimagined as colors that make up the spectrum.

“INNOTECH is 51 years old now but looking back on the milestones, activities, and commitments, SEAMEO INNOTECH is 51 years younger. Not only beginning to flex its wings, dreaming of an even brighter future, and energetically moving forward building on illustrious history of academic institutional achievements,” Director of SEAMEO Secretariat Dr. Ethel Anges P. Valenzuela.

“An organization that can bring out the best in every learner or individual whereby we can realize their potential and contribute to the education system of the region,” Jelico Angelo Arriesgado, coffee table book said.

The five core values of INNOTECH are seen in the five vibrant decades of operation and represented by five colors of the spectrum, Red for excellence in action, Blue shows integrity at work, yellow for drive at of innovation, green for growth and social responsibility and magenta for harmony and collaboration.

A website was also launched to add more details of the commemorative book. Stories of innovations, a collection of memorabilia, and a digital time capsule are the main features of the digital platform.

The SEAMEO INNOTECH is a center where innovative and technology-oriented learning services and research-based solutions are provided to communities in Southeast Asia to stem the emerging and pressing concerns about education. (Melo M. Acuña)

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