Ki Hajar Dewantara Award was an initiative of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (QITEP) in Science to bestow the best science teacher in Southeast Asia. The purpose of conferring the award was to honor and appreciate the outstanding and dedicated science teachers to advance science education, and increased the Science teachers’ motivation of self-development. The First Ki Hajar Dewantara (KHD) Award convened from 1315 October 2016 in Bandung, Indonesia. Seven SEAMEO member countries (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) sent representative teachers respectively, as the candidates of the Best Science Teacher in Southeast Asia in 2016. The candidates presented their papers to the judges whom are educational experts from SEAMEO member countries and the United States of America. The paper presentation session was also attended by 21 teachers as KHD Award nominees from Indonesia, teachers from several cities in Indonesia, and academic societies of Indonesia University of Education (UPI).
The Ki Hajar Dewantara Award 2016 concluded by conferring Ms. Lee Saw Im from Malaysia as the Best Science Teacher in Southeast Asia 2106 for the 1st Place, followed by Mr. Harman Johll from Singapore in the 2nd Place, and Ms. Risa Haridza from Indonesia in the 3rd Place. The three Best Science Teachers received certificates, plaques, and grants to attend and participate in Science teacher improvement programmes. The 1st Place won grant which is worth USD 5.000, for the 2nd Place is USD 2.500, and for the 3rd Place is USD 1.000.
As the 1st Place in the Ki Hajar Dewantara Award, Ms. Lee Saw Im will be acknowledged as the Best Science Teacher in Southeast Asia in the High Officials Meeting of Ministries of Education in the Southeast Asian countries which will be conducted in Thailand, November 2016.