The 3rd Ki Hajar Dewantara Award

About the event

The Background

Acknowledgment of teachers’ dedication in bringing and elevating a nation through excellent education process is necessity. SEAMEO QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) as a regional institution that focused on improvement of science teacher performance has been called to give appreciation to tireless efforts of teacher in shaping a nation. As an effort in appreciating science teachers’ dedication, SEAQIS initiated a programme to acknowledge science teachers’ dedication and tireless efforts in bringing science learning into the excellent level.

The programme is called the Ki Hajar Dewantara Award. This concept derives from the inspiration of the founding father of National Education, the late Ki Hajar Dewantara for his unceasing commitment to make education a contribution towards human liberation. The award will be presented to the best of the 11 selected best science teachers as the nominees, representing each SEAMEO member country, in the form of travel grants as a privilege to attend the inauguration of the award.

The nominees of the award are selected based on their outstanding achievements, contribution, and dedication in science education as well as their innovations which are written in papers. During the award, one nominee from each SEAMEO Member Country is requested to present their papers. Their presentations will be assessed by board of judges to select three KHD Award winners.

The Goals

The purposes of this award are:

    1. to commemorate the services of Ki Hajar Dewantara in forming national education system in both philosophy and practices;
    2. to develop, advocate and reward excellence in science learning and teaching practices that contributes to the students’ learning experience and outcomes;
    3. to reinforce the concept of the teaching profession and science education development as a driving force in the regional progress leading collectively to prosperity and peace to the ASEAN Economic Community;
    4. to  foster  cooperation  and close relationships  among SEAMEO Member Countries by means of  better science education and a greater awareness of the place of  science in society.

Date and Venue

The third Ki Hajar Dewantara Award will be conducted on 17 November 2021 in Bandung.


The theme of this year’s Ki Hajar Dewantara Award is Innovation in Science Teaching and Learning towards Industrial Revolution 4.0.

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*2018 KHD Winners

The nominees

The nominees of the Ki Hajar Dewantara Award are 11 best science teachers from SEAMEO Member Countries who have outstanding achievements, contribution, and dedication in science education as well as innovations in science teaching and learning process.

Selection Mechanism

In selecting the winners of the Ki Hajar Dewantara Award, the selection mechanism is described in the following steps.
  • During the KHD Award session, the assessment of the presentation of one representative from each SEAMEO member country will be done by the group of jurors.
  • The chosen presentation will be acknowledged as the winner and will be inaugurated as the Regional Best Science teacher, receiving the Second Ki Hajar Dewantara Award.

What will you get?

The Award

The Awards for the winners are comprised of:

    1. The Trophy.
    2. A Certificate.
    3. A Teacher Professional Development Fund sum of USD 5,000 for the first winner, USD 2,500 for the second place, and USD 1,000 for third place. The first winner of the Award will be inaugurated in the SEAMEO High Officials Meeting. The cost of travel is part of the prize.

Nominees Testimonials

Oh my god, I cannot believe that I got 1st best (science) teacher in South East Asia. It is very motivating for me. I hope that this award is not just for me but for all educators in South East Asia. I hope that this would inspire more and more and more science educators that would think, would produce very excellent young generations to the future. Thank you SEAQIS.

Lee Saw Im
1st Winner
First KHD Award
I'm thrilled to join a programme from SEAQIS. I'm really happy that I can join this beneficial programme. In the future, we hope that we can join another programme held by SEAQIS, all of them are very beneficial and precious to develop and we will share the knowledge to our friends. Thank you.

Harman Singh Johll
2nd Winner
First KHD Award
KHD is an exceptional award from SEAQIS to be presented to science teachers around South East Asia. This is also a chance for us, science teahers, to meet, to share idea, and to discuss. Hopefully, we can work together and collaborate even further. And next, of course, I'm thrilled and proud to win this prestigious award. In the future, I hope that I will be able to contribute even more to the educational science in Indonesia and all around South East Asia.
Risa Haridza
3rd Winner
First KHD Award

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