Regional Education Forum For 21st Century Curriculum

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SEAMEO College as a regional forum, is a high level policy and strategy forum among education leaders and practitioners to promote education and social development in Southeast Asia region for an integrated ASEAN Community. The programme, that was funded by JFPR through Asian Development Bank (ADB) consisted of series forums and research and development activities formulated in four modules. One of the modules was Education Leaders Innovation Forum (ELIF) that led by SEAMEO RECTRAC, held in 2014 and repeated in the 2016 which brought the theme “Innovative Solution for the 21st Century Curriculum” that convened from 2-4 March 2016 in Vung Tau City, Vietnam.

SEAMEO QITEP in Science, which has mandated by SEAMEO Secretariat to implement the 21st Century Curriculum across regional countries as one 7 priority of SEAMEO Education Agenda 2015-2035, was invited and represented by Prof. Dr. Triyanta (the Director) and Dr. R. Indarjani (Deputy Director) beside also four other SEAMEO Centres, SEAMEO Secretariat, and the representative of Ministry of Education of SEAMEO member countries. The forum was officially opened by the Director General of Ministry Education and Training Vietnam, Dr Nguyen Xuan Vang. Attended the opening ceremony were Indonesian Consulate General in Vietnam, Mr Jean Anes who was accompanied by Mrs Desy Nurmala Dewi, Consul of Socio Cultural and Information Affairs.

During two days meeting, the participants intensively discussed on several issues including Skill and Competency for 21st Century Learner, 21st Century Teaching and Education, and Leadership Management for integrated ASEAN to formulate the best and innovative solution that is applicable to the region whilst also accommodates the diverse and the uniqueness of SEAMEO member countries. One of the interesting topics that quite intensive to discuss was Making the Teaching Profession as the First Choice reflecting how strategic role and important function of the teachers to assure the success of 21st Century Curriculum in the practical level.

For SEAMEO QITEP in Science, the forum that was well conducted supported by three (3) knowledgeable resource persons, has given some insights especially in managing the 21st Century Curriculum Initiative that have been mandated and also relating to the core activity of the center itself to enhance the quality of science teachers through trainings that fulfill their needs and interest.