“Revitalizing Teacher Education” is one of the priority areas under the SEMEO Education Agenda marked to make teaching a priority of choice and to improve practice-based reforms utilizing the teacher competency standards. In order to fulfill this mandate, the SEAMEO Secretariat has embarked to promote “Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia (SEA-Teacher Project)” since 2016. SEA TEACHER aims to promote global competitiveness of pre-service student teachers in Southeast Asia countries through active student exchange.


Group photo of Indonesia’s Universities delegates in the opening ceremony

 

The SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with Tadulako University (UNTAD) conducted the 5th Evaluation Meeting of SEA-Teacher Project conducted on 3-4 April 2018 at Mercure Hotel, Palu, Indonesia. It was organised to review and evaluate the implementation of the 5th batch of pre-service student teacher exchange taking into account best practices and lessons learnt as well as to discuss and plan for the 6th batch of pre-service student exchange in the middle of the year 2018. The meeting attended by 162 participants from 78 universities and teacher education institutes in Southeast Asia comprising 1 from Cambodia; 52 from Indonesia; 14 from Philippines; 1 from Malaysia; 9 from Thailand; and 1 from Singapore

 

The meeting went smoothly with an overview of SEA-Teacher Project regarding the steps of the implementation and the terms and conditions that participating universities have to committed with. Sharing experiences of the 5th batch program implementation session was also able to provide views to participating universities to improve future programme. The comprehensive evaluation result of students’ blog and students’ performance in the classroom was expected to be the motivation for the university to be able to improve student performance in the next batch.

About 84 universities agreed to join the 6th batch of the SEA-Teacher implementation comprising 47 from Indonesia; 1 from Malaysia; 22 from Philippines; and 14 from Thailand. It was agreed to conduct the 6th batch programme from 1 August - 10 September 2018 for 1 month (30 days).

 

An overview of the project

Participants from 78 universities comprising 1 from Cambodia; 52 from Indonesia;
14 from Philippines; 1 from Malaysia; 9 from Thailand;
and 1 from Singapore attended the meeting.

The receiving university will be responsible for determining practicum schools that will provide opportunities for students to do assisted teaching, teach (minimum 20 hours), and other arrangement as stated in the SEA-Teacher guidelines. The 6th evaluation meeting will be conducted in Pangasinan State University, Pangasinan, Philippines by end of October 2018.