SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2015/2016

Announcement of Winner

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat 
expresses thanks to all educators who had participated in the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2015/2016, and announces the winning entry as follows:

Optimising the Potential of Early Childhood Development Through “TAB”, Using Packages of Toys and Books In a Reading Challenge Programme

by
Ms Mia Damayanti
SMA Negeri 1 Cisarua Kabupaten Bandung Barat
Indonesia 40513

The following are the Top 5 entries listed down in no particular order.

 

Proponent & Country Affiliation and Position Nature of Project  Brief Project Description and
Nature of Support Needed
1. Ms Mia Damayanti

(on behalf of organisation)

INDONESIA
SMA Negeri 1 Cisarua Kbupaten Bandung Barat

Teacher/Project Leader
Proposal Optimising the Potential of Early Childhood Development Through “TAB”, Using Packages of Toys and Books In a Reading Challenge Programme.

Literacy project aimed at children in West Java Province, Indonesia

Grant will be spent to facilitate training session, purchase of books and educational toys, support administration and operational matters, transport, and monitoring activity.
2. Ms Maniga Thongkong

(on behalf of organisation)

THAILAND
Institute Technology of Ayothaya

MBA Curriculum Instructor
On-going Project STEM Education for Early Childhood Care and Education

Use of teaching and learning tools in teaching STEM to young children

Grant will be used for the development of “high technology instructional media”.
3. Ms Jarcellyn Joy Dagoc

PHILIPPINES
Department of Education SPED Teacher-I

Teacher
Proposal   School Gardening: A Key to Healthy Tummy, Healthy Mind, Healthy ME

Community involved gardening and feeding programme in the school

Grant is needed for programme advocacy, tools and materials for school garden
4. Mr Richard Cañas

PHILIPPINES
Department of Education, Division of Camarines Sur, Limbanan North DIstrict

District Guaidance Coordinator
Proposal Philippines-Australia Partnership: Contextualisation and Integration of Child Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Curriculum in the K-12 Basic Education Programme

Training for teachers and reproduction of materials and management and education on child protection and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Grant is needed for training of trainers, travel expenses, reproduction of materials, management, monitoring and evaluation
5. Mohd Sirhajwan Idek

(on behalf of organisation)

MALAYSIA
Keningau Vocational College Proposal Malaysia-Australia Philosothon

Visit and workshop programme to Australia on ‘Philosothon’, a philosophical and ethical discussion to develop higher order thinking skills and communication skills through “community of enquiry” on the theme “Early Childhood Care and Education”.

Grant is needed for travel, accommodation and other expenses during the workshop.

 

SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2014/2015 Evaluation Committee

  1. Ms Kim Cleary
    Counselor (Education and Science), Australian Embassy, Hanoi,
    Vietnam

  2. Ms Mami Umayahara
    Chief of the Director’s Office and Programme Cycle Management
    Specialist, Education Sector,
    UNESCO, Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok

  3. Dr Derek Pornsima
    Chairman of National Internal Quality Assurance Committee for Basic EducationAdvisor to the Office of Teachers’ Council of Thailand

  4. Dr Kusalin Musikul
    Assistant to the IPST President (Compulsory Science)
    The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST)

  5. Dr Tepkanya Promkatkeaw
    Specialist (Science Education)
    Department of Primary Science and Early Childhood,
    The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST)

  6. Mrs Ganigar Chen
    Core Trainer of the Little Scientist House Project
    Director of the Office of Public Awareness of Science, National Science Museum Thailand

  7. Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua Valenzuela
    Deputy Director for Programme and Development,
    SEAMEO Secretariat

Secretariat:

  • Mr Ismariwan Shamsudin
    Programme Support Officer, SEAMEO Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand

 

A joint initiative of the
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)
and the Government of Australia
to promote education links between
SEAMEO and Australia
in Southeast Asia
and beyond

Background

From year 2000 to 2010, SEAMEO and Australia implemented the SEAMEO-Australia Press Award which aimed to improve the visibility of SEAMEO through recognition of excellent coverage of education issues in Southeast Asia. The Award focused on the search for outstanding pieces of writing on education issues by journalists and educators. Eleven annual award cycles were conducted from year 2000 to 2010. The joint project had paved the way for greater discussion on many facets of education including challenges in providing quality education for all; as well as the promotion of cooperation in education between Southeast Asia and Australia.

During the 34th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting in January 2012, Australia announced the development a new Award that would include a broader scope of education-related activities; and would be open to individuals working on education policy and cooperative activities.

Subsequently, the SEAMEO Secretariat and the Australian Education International, Australian Embassy Bangkok coordinated and in the development of the second phase of the SEAMEO-Australia award called “SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award”.

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Government of Australia announce the call for applications for the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2015/2016.

The SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award gives recognition and financial assistance to projects or proposals that demonstrate education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia to bring about a better quality of life through positive relations, education advancement, cultural harmony, innovation, and research.

The objectives of the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award are:

  1. Showcase education, training and research cooperation activities and the value these have in fostering stronger people-to-people and institutional links;
  2. Provide the opportunity for sharing and learning of new ideas on education cooperation; and
  3. Promote the development of effective education partnerships between countries, organizations, and communities.

THE AWARD

The SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award seeks to acknowledge and reward innovative projects or proposals that demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • effective and inspiring efforts of individuals, groups of people, education institutions or organizations to improve education cooperation and linkages across the SEAMEO region and between SEAMEO member countries and Australia;
  • recognition of diversity of individuals and sectors in promoting cross-border partnerships on education and thereby inter-cultural understanding;
  • support to integration/regionalization of education while promoting the importance of and respect for local wisdom;

The innovation will be in the field of education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia.

An entry for the contest must be either:

  1. An existing project on education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia or a country in Southeast Asia; or
  2. A proposal on education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia or a country in Southeast Asia, or within Southeast Asia, that could later be implemented in the Southeast Asian context, possibly in cooperation with SEAMEO

A winning project or proposal is:

  1. Innovative and demonstrates development and/or implementation of an idea, a tool, a model or initiative that helps improve education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia or within Southeast Asia.
  2. Effective and highlights the positive results of education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia such as:
  • transfer of new ideas between countries
  • expansion of educational opportunities
  • improvement of education quality
  • formation of long-term people-to-people links
  • promotion of mutual understanding
  1. Dynamic and involves various individuals and sectors in the promotion of cooperation in education between Australia and Southeast Asia

EXAMPLES OF ELIGIBLE ENTRIES

Entries could present examples of education-related initiatives (either ongoing or proposed) which are implemented or to be implemented in Southeast Asia and with participation of a country or countries in Southeast Asia and Australia. Entries could be (but not limited to) the following:

  • capacity development for teachers
  • support for development of curriculum and educational materials
  • research consortium
  • advocacy and networking
  • media collaboration
  • community-based development work

Initiatives and proposals should demonstrate the links created or to be created between a country or countries in Southeast Asia and Australia. Examples of these are cooperation in providing technical expertise, adopting/adapting noteworthy practices, technology transfer, and others.

Proposals however should not be activities that might be more effectively supported through the Australian Government’s Australia Awards scholarships program such as scholarships and research in Australia.

For proposals of this nature, please see http://www.australiaawards.gov.au/

WHO CAN APPLY?

  1. The Award is open to any national (natural person or body corporate) of a SEAMEO Member Country. The SEAMEO Member Countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
  2. The applicant, where a natural person, must be at least 18 years old.
  3. Members of the SEAMEO Secretariat, the SEAMEO Regional Centres and their employees and families are not qualified to apply for this Award.
  4. By submitting an entry, the applicant gives SEAMEO and the Australian Government permission to use the information submitted including photos for publication purposes.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION

  1. Applicants must complete the application form. The form can be downloaded here.
  2. Applications can be submitted in hard copy or email.

    1. Hard copy applications: Download and complete the Application Form and send by post with the required supporting documents to:

      The SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2015
      SEAMEO Secretariat
      Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building
      920 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
    2. Email applications: Download and complete the Application Form and email to seameo-australia-award@seameo.org. Attach in the email all required supporting documents.
  3. Last day for submission of entries is 6 October 2015.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA AND SELECTION PROCESS

  1. The Evaluation Committee consists of experts from Southeast Asia and representatives from UNESCO, the SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO Centres, and the Government of Australia.
  2. The evaluation will be based on the merit of the proposal as indicated by:

    1. Innovation, practicability and originality
    2. Scope for replication and expansion
    3. Value for money and sustainability
    4. Benefit and relevance to Southeast Asia through the transfer of new ideas, broadened educational opportunities, improvements to education quality, formation of long-term people-to-people links and improvements to mutual understanding to the benefit of all parties.

DETAILS OF THE AWARD

  1. The winner will receive a grant worth AUD$10,000, which is expected to support activities in relation to the winning innovative idea or project.
  2. The proposed use of the grant must be set out by the applicant in the application. Activities may include participation in conferences; delivery of training courses; academic exchange programs; cooperation between education institutions; internship program; expansion of an existing project; purchase of project-related materials and equipment; and other related activities. The winner will be expected to provide a report to SEAMEO, including information on how the grant money was used.
  3. The winner will be awarded a Plaque of Recognition at the 38th SEAMEO High Official Meeting on 29 November – 2 December 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  4. The winner will receive a round-trip economy air ticket from his/her home country to Thailand, including pre-determined accommodation and stipend to receive a plaque of recognition.
  5. For a winning entry developed by a group or organization, only one representative will be invited to the Awarding Ceremony to receive a plaque of recognition.
  6. The winner will be notified by the SEAMEO Secretariat and such notification will include information for the winner on the award ceremony and his/her attendance at the ceremony.
  7. Each Contestant agrees that the Contest Rules and Regulations that govern this contest can be modified or amended without prior notice, by the Contest Organizers.

TIMELINE

  1. Submission of entries: 5 August to 6 October 2015
  2. Evaluation of entries: 26 - 30 October 2015
  3. Announcement of results: 6 November 2015
  4. Awarding: 29 November - 2 December 2015

Download the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2015 Call for Entries here.

For more information, please contact the SEAMEO Secretariat
Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building
920 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
Tel +66(0) 2391-0144, Fax +66(0) 2381-2587
Email: secretariat@seameo.org or kanchulee@seameo.org
http://www.seameo.org

or the Ministry of Education
and SEAMEO Regional Centre in your country.

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