Advocacy Forum on Adopting the 21st Century Curriculum

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Advocacy Forum on SEAMEO Priority Area No. 7: Adopting the 21st Century Curriculum is a forum to promote the integration of the 21st Century Curriculum within national education framework. The forum, which was conducted from 25 to 27 June 2016 at Agria Gino Feruci Hotel Bogor, was a collaborative programme between SEAMEO QITEP in Science and SEAMEO College which was funded by Asian Development Bank.

The forum gathered around 60 participants from the Ministry of Education and Culture (MOEC) of Republic of Indonesia, academics from State University of Education, the Centre of Teacher Training, the Provinces and Districts Education Office, the SEAMEO Secretariat, the SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia, the Working Group of Digital Class of Bandung City, the representatives of Teachers’ Forum (MGMP), and local teachers.

The event was opened by Dr Didik Suhardi, the Secretary General of MOEC. He also presented certificates of appreciation to the Working Group of Digital Class of Bandung City. He expected that the forum provides positive suggestions for designing teaching and learning method which could be effectively implemented in the current curriculum.

In this forum, there was also a presentation delivered by Dr Gatot Hari Priowirjanto, the Director of SEAMEO Secretariat who emphasized the implementation of STEM education using English as introductory language in schools around Southeast Asia. To support the programme, SEAMEO Secretariat targeted 1.000 schools participating in the programme and a million students who are able to communicate in English. As the initiation of the implementation of STEM education, there are a number of schools, participated in the forum, which are encouraged to implement the programme. The implementation is targeted to be started in August 2016.

Dr Gatot added that education should be synergised with industry. “Students must have ability to think fast and to spot opportunities. Schools should be synergised with industry in Southeast Asia to develop competitive human resources,” said Dr Gatot.

During the three-day-meeting, there were focus group discussions (FGD) on the topics of Development and Enhancement of School Partnership, Teacher Capacity Professional Development Related to the 21st Century Curriculum, Effective Strategy to Create Teachers’ Empowerment, and Evaluation and Future Direction of Adopting the 21st Century Curriculum. The FGD resulted several action plans related to the adoption of the 21st Century Curriculum. The programmes would be collaborative programmes between educational institutions in Southeast Asia.