1st Young SEA-TVET Symposium 2016

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Leveraging the quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is one focus of education collaboration among Ministry of Education of SEAMEO Member countries as reflected through the Seven Priority Areas Agenda 2015-2035. In this regard, SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with the Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), Ministry of Education Thailand conducted the 1st Young SEA-TVET Symposium on 29-31 August 2016 in Krabi, Thailand. Under the theme of of  “Learning and Sharing towards Internationalization and Harmonization”,  the symposium aimed to develop a networking platform through sharing of knowledge, skills, culture among TVET students in Southeast Asian countries besides also promoting entrepreneurship and innovative thinking among them. In this event, Dr R Indarjani, Deputy Director of SEAMEO QITEP in Science has been asked to participated as resources person and giving presentation in front of 362 students, 90 teachers  that come from  Cambodia,  Indonesia,  Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China. The title of the presentation was “EDUCATED TODAY FOR TOMORROW WORKFORCE : The Importance of STEM for Voccational  Schools”.  She affirmed the importance of STEM Education in Vocational Schools that could resolve unemployment issues since its emphasizing in innovative skills, commercial and used by the public and connecting experiences and lesson on capacity development.

The symposium was run very much successful considering the number of participants and also the activities. During the symposium it was 39 student’s performances accompanied symposium’s dinners. In addition, there were also student competition innovative projects with bearing the theme “Better Life for Our Elderly People” in which the characteristics of elderly for having a convenience life should be incorporated in their product concepts. Refer to the theme to enhance collaboration, there was 48 action plans of School Networking Programs has been developed during Teacher Focus Group Discussion Session and agreed to be followed up after the symposium. In that stage, SEAQIS has been asked to take part to make it happen such as. It was suggested that SEAQIS initiated the Young SEA-TVET School Networking Program by conducting online test on STEM that participated by vocational schools across region. Having said that, SEAQIS will conduct Policy Forum on STEM Education and teacher trainings relate STEM principles in teaching and learning process.