What Does SEA-PLM 2019 Tell Us About Child Well-being and Learning in Six Southeast Asian Countries?

Governments across Southeast Asia have an opportunity 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. The recent COVID-19 pandemic created an opportunity for governments and school systems to rethink how to approach children’s learning and to create policies for more resilient and inclusive societies. This paper contributes to the evidence base by providing deeper insight into children’s attitudes and values in well-being domains, and the relationship between children’s well-being and academic learning in the region. The study can inform policymakers and practitioners about the support that children and adolescents need to excel now and, in the future, through quantitative analysis of the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) 2019 database, along with investigation of policy implications and promising practices