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As Southeast Asian countries continue to respond to the demands of education during the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis and plan sustainable system and school-level policies and practices for addressing the learning crisis, it is more critical than ever for policymakers to understand the inequities in learning that were driving the learning crisis before the pandemic and reflect on new evidence to improve future.

The SEA-PLM Secretariat co-managed by UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and Pacific (UNICEF EAPRO) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat are pleased to invite SEA-PLM Member Countries and Honorary Member Countries to participate in a rich policy roundtable discussion on low performing readers in Southeast Asia across basic education. This discussion will bring together Southeast Asian countries and their partners to learn about new evidence from SEA-PLM 2019 as part of their participation in the SEA-PLM programme. The purpose of the discussion will be; a) to better understand the profiles of low-performing readers; b) to reflect on the policy implications with experts and; c) to exchange on country experiences around reducing the risk of students being left behind academically across basic education.

As part of the discussion, the SEA-PLM Secretariat will launch a new SEA-PLM 2019 regional secondary analysis report - SEA-PLM 2019 latest evidence in basic education: Low performing readers in 6 Southeast Asian countries. This paper will profile children who are considered to be low reading performers in their respective countries, analyses what these children can do and explains how they are distributed throughout the region. It then explores how the systems and the schools support the low-performing children based on SEA-PLM data. This paper looks at potential policy options for better supporting these children by investigating the characteristics of children who demonstrate academic resilience – that is, being able to perform well despite coming from a disadvantaged background.



The meeting platform will be via Zoom for invited participants.



- SEA-PLM member countries and honorary member countries
- SEAMEO Centres
- National and regional partners



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