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Concept Note

A. Background

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability (SEAMEO SEPS) was established as one of the 26 SEAMEO Regional Centres under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). SEAMEO SEPS was established in 2019 and hosted by the Ministry of Education of Thailand, with a mandate to promote the philosophy, principles and values of the Sufficiency Economy as an instrument for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) among 11 Southeast Asian Countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.


The concept of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) was first introduced by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in 1974. After the 1997 Asian crisis, Thailand began to highlight SEP in the country’s five-year national development plans and educational reforms through school curricula. The SEP movement in Thai education started in 2007.


SEP focuses on developing a sufficiency mindset. The 3 pillars of SEP are: 1) moderation, 2) reasonableness and 3) prudence. These pillars are supported by two underlying conditions: “knowledge and skills” and “ethics and attributes”. Having a SEP mindset leads to balanced decision-making, stability and resilience in terms of the economy, society, environment, and culture for a sustainable future. 


The SDGs were introduced by the United Nations in 2015 as a global framework to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet by 2030. They came as a response to the challenges of globalization and have become an important framework for enhancing social development, economy and a sustainable environment.


The SDGs framework contains 17 goals as follows.


The covid experience has brought to the fore the relevance and close alignment of SEP and the SDGs. Increasingly international organisations, governments, communities and individuals look for ways to build resilience, acknowledging the role of families, communities and local networks in meeting basic needs and creating a safety net, especially in times of crisis. 


The SEP-SDGs in Action: Virtual Learning Series will provide the foundation of the SDGs, explore the linkages to SEP in various aspects, as well as highlight successful case studies from various sectors such as educational institutions, communities, and industries that have successfully applied SDGs and SEP in their policies and practices. 

B. Objectives

  • To enrich educators, practitioners, and teachers on the concept of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to integrate or apply the concepts for educational development and transformation in the Southeast Asian countries,

  • To share up-to-date knowledge and expertise from the SEAMEO SEPS’s global and regional partners that can contribute to the educational development and transformation for the Southeast Asian region, and

  • To provide a platform for exchanging creative ideas, innovations, and best practices in relation to SDGs and SEP that the educational institutions can apply for the school improvement programme.

C. Speakers

The following speakers are invited to share in-depth knowledge and expertise.

  • Policy influencers at national, regional, and global levels,

  • Experts from advanced institutions,

  • School Principals/ Directors, and

  • Partitioners of SEP and SDGs.


D. Participants

SEP-SDGs in Action: Virtual Learning Series is offered for free and on first come, first serve basis. Participants are required to

pre-registered before the learning series.


The participants can include:

  • School leaders, teachers/ lecturers from schools, TVET institutions, and universities,

  • Educational personnel, ministry officers, researchers, and practitioners,

  • School/TVET/ university students,

  • General public


E. The Learning Series

  • SEP to SDGs

Wed 30 August 2023, 14.00-15.30 hrs (GMT+7/BKK Time)

​Programme Agenda (Download)


What you will learn:

  • The concepts of SEP and the SDGs

  • The connection of SEP with the SDGs, both in theory and in practice

  • Successful practices on SDGs and SEP’s integration in school and community



  • Dr Priyanut Dharmapiya, Senior Advisor, Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and Sustainable Development Centre, National Institute of Development Administration Bangkok, Thailand

  • Ms Margarete Sachs-Israel, Chief, Inclusive Quality Education, UNESCO Multisector Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Mr Ilan Enverga, Director for Administration & Student Affairs, International School for Better Beginnings, Lucena City, Philippines


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  • Climate Action and World Heritage

Wed 27 September 2023, 14.00-15.30 hrs (GMT+7/BKK Time)

Programme Agenda (TBC)


Co-organised with SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA)


  • Transforming Education to a Brighter Future

Wed 25 October 2023, 14.00-15.30 hrs (GMT+7/BKK Time)

Programme Agenda (TBC)


What you will learn:

  • Global and regional trends in education transformation

  • Implication and challenges in addressing the education transformation.

  • The important elements of SEP and SDGs to ensure the sustainable development.

  • Values and new skills of teachers and learners for the sustainable futures

  • Successful practices at school level



  • Ms Maki Hayashikawa, Director, UNESCO Multisectoral Regional office, Indonesia

  • Ms Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela, Advisor, The ASEAN Secretariat, Indonesia

  • Dr Sampun Sillapanart, Vice President and General Manager (Hard Disk Drive Department), Western Digital Corporation, Thailand

  • The winner of SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award


  • Equity and Inclusion

Wed 15 November 2023, 14.00-15.30 hrs (GMT+7/BKK Time)

Programme Agenda (TBC)


What you will learn:

  • (To be confirmed)



  • SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education Needs

  • Nisai Group, UK

  • Dr Kanit Pamanee, Academic Officer, Special Education Bureau, Thailand



Pre-registration Link

Prior to the learning sessions, participants should pre-register to the following link for

obtaining the meeting link of the live session.

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