SEAMEO RECSAM and Google Enter Agreement to Accelerate SEAMEO Teachers’ Digital Growth and Development

Friday, 03 February 2023 | Lai Cheng, Wong (SEAMEO RECSAM)


Bangkok, 30 November 2022 - The Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM) and Google signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commit and work towards a shared objective — supporting human development through innovation and technology.

Through this partnership, SEAMEO RECSAM and Google will provide training to selected SEAMEO RECSAM Regular Courses participants from the SEAMEO member countries from the fiscal year of 2022/2023 to that of 2024/2025.

The training will provide nominated teachers with essential and practical knowledge of Google Workspace for Education tools to help improve their teaching methods and create a safe learning environment for students. Google and tools include Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Sheets and Slides, Forms, Jamboard, Sites, Meet, Groups and Classroom.

As part of the MoU, Google Will also provide separate in-house training to SEAMEO RECSAM’s facilitators to enable them to achieve Level 1 and Level 2 certification with the option to become Google Certified Trainers.

Dr Shah Jahan Bin Assanarkutty, Centre Director, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics, and Colin Marson, Director, Google for Education, JAPAC, Google Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., signed the MoU, in the presence of Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela, Director of SEAMEO Secretariat.

Also present during the MoU signing were officials from SEAMEO and SEAMEO regional centres and network, representatives from SEAMEO Associate Member Countries, SEAMEO Affiliate Members, and Partners who were present during the 45th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting (HOM) held in Bangkok, Thailand held on 30 November 2022.



About SEAMEO RECSAM Regular Courses
SEAMEO RECSAM’s Regular Courses, which are designed to address the needs of teachers and educators from the SEAMEO member countries, are stimulating, creative and responsive in meeting their professional needs. The topics of the four-week courses are determined in consultation with all member countries through strategic planning workshops that serve to assess past performances and identify emerging trends, and principle lines of action for educational development. Among the features that characterise RECSAM’s Regular Courses are the general components that include Multiplier Effect and a lesson quality improvement process for improving classroom practices.

About Google for Education
Google for Education tools work together to transform teaching and learning so that every student and educator can pursue their personal potential. The tools improve the teaching and learning process, while establishing a safe and secure teaching and learning environment. The Google for Education core services and tools include: Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Sheets and Slides, Forms, Jamboard, Sites, Meet, Groups and Classroom.

Moreover, Google for Education provides capability building for teachers and students through The Teacher Centre, The Applied Digital Skills Curriculum, CS First and Be Internet Awesome.

For more information, please contact:
Wong Lai Cheng (SEAMEO RECSAM):
Chris Harte (Google):