Dili, Timor Leste – SEAMEO QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) collaborated with Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of Timor Leste organised In-Country Training on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) in Infordepe, Dili, Timor Leste, from 17-20 December 2018. The training was attended by 48 high school teachers representing 12 districts in Timor Leste, consisting of physics, chemistry, biology and geology teachers from each district. For this programme, SEAQIS was represented by Mrs. Indrawati, Mrs. Elly Herliani, Mrs. Tati Setiawati, and Mr. Dian Purnama.
The Director SEAMEO QITEP in Science, Dr. Indrawati, has given the opening remarks followed by Mr Deolindo da Cruz, MPA, President of INFORDEPE given the welcome remarks and officially opened the event. The purpose of this training is to equip teachers with the essence of science and science education, Science Process Skills, Inquiry-Based Science Education, Science Kits Design, and Development of IBSE Lesson Plan. Based on the participants’ testimonials, the training was considered to be very useful to improve their pedagogy competence and the quality of science learning in the classroom.
By providing this programme, SEAMEO QITEP in Science expects the participants to have effective inquiries, and the science learning in a classroom can be more interactive. Furthermore, it is also expected that students’ potential in observing the natural phenomena can be honed so that their interest and motivation in learning science will increase.