Initiative to Establish Cooperation with the Australian Embassy

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A meeting was conducted between the Australian Embassy represented by Ms Astrida Upitis, SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics (SEAQIM) represented by Dr Fadjar Shadiq, and SEAMEO QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) represented by Dr Indarjani on 30 March 2016, at the Ministry of Finance Building, Jakarta. The Centres held the meeting to discuss about the possibility to establish cooperation between the Centres. Ms Astrida said that “The programme should be able to develop 21st century skills which can help both student and teacher to be good learners”.

SEAQIS, which has conducted collaboration training with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) since 2012, proposed a training for teachers in science which focuses on water issues as the form of cooperation between the Australian Embassy, ATSE, and SEAQIS.

The quality and also the quantity of water become major challenges for countries in Southeast Asia region. As water is very important in human’s life, it is considered that improving teachers’ knowledge in water issues is crucial. Teachers can help children to construct knowledge in how they should treat the environment, especially water.

In the meeting, the Australian Embassy discussed with SEAQIM about a project in promoting mathematics engagement and learning opportunities for disadvantaged communities in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The aim of the project is to advance innovative practices that can build teachers’ capacity in mathematics teaching and engage Grade 7 to 9 students, particularly girls, in mathematics learning in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Indonesia.

The meeting was not the first initiative to cooperate with the Australian Embassy. In 2013, SEAQIS and the Australian Embassy had worked together in Promoting Real Australian Indonesian Science Education (PRAISE) project which was targeted to implement the Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) model.