The Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organizations (SEAMEO) was established on the 30th November 1965 in Bangkok as a result of a meeting between the Ministers of Education of 6 different countries namely, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the then Republic of (South) Vietnam with the objective of enhancing regional understanding and fostering cooperation among the countries in Southeast Asia. SEAMEO is an intergovernmental organization to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture.
SEAMEO has a total of 11 member countries to date and Laos has been a member since the day of its establishment. The other countries that took its membership later on are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Timor Leste (which was the last to join in 2006).
In five decades, SEAMEO has successfully established strong networks, partnerships and various centers in its member countries which focus on one among its 3 priority areas- Education, Science and Culture. Currently, through the 12 centers, 6 centers and 2 centers for Education, Natural Science and Culture respectively, SEAMEO continues to pursue and develop its priority areas.
To celebrate 50 years of invaluable contribution of SEAMEO in the fields of education, science and culture, the Department of External Relation of the Ministry for Education and Sports organized an event on 6th November, 2015. The event was chaired by Her Excellency Mrs. Sengdeuane Larchanthaboune, Deputy Minister of Education and Sport. As a representative of the government, she congratulated SEAMEO and expressed her wishes that it continues achieving greater heights, and showed interest and commitment to build more regional centers in Laos as a way forward. In the future ministry is planning to build the SEAMEO Center in Lao where the knowledge and culture can be change.