We all admit the fact that investment in education benefits overall quality of life, accelerates economic growth, impacts on health and nutrition, and affects natural resource management. For this reason, we should make every effort to meet our international commitment to Education for All in all countries of the world. We must constantly question whether the education received is relevant in the world we live in today.
I would like to thank SEAMEO and UNESCO for hosting this Congress and also the co-host, the Ministry of Education of Thailand. I believe that the Congress will make a valuable contribution to issues of education and development in the region.
I now declare the Congress open and wish you all pleasant and productive three days.