What does SEA-PLM 2019 tell us about child well-being and learning in six Southeast Asian countries?

A study by UNICEF EAPRO and UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, 2022

Saw Ba Sun, 9, the son of a pastor at the village church, was injured by unexploded ordnance two-years ago in Ann Ka Law village, Kayin State in Myanmar


The COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity for governments across Southeast Asia to reshape their approach to education so that children and adolescents are equipped with the necessary academic and socioemotional skills to live a rewarding life. By providing deeper insight into children’s attitudes and values in well-being domains, this report reveals the relationship between children’s well-being and academic learning in the region.

What can policymakers and practitioners do to support children and adolescents to excel now and in the future? Through quantitative analysis of the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics 2019 database, along with an investigation of policy implications and promising practices, this report advocates for increased coordination across cross-sectoral government institutions; increased school, parental and community support for children’s development; and providing a platform for children’s voices to understand their perspectives and needs.

Developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Office of Research-Innocenti and published by UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) as its contribution to theSEA-PLM Secretariat.

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