Announcement of Winner

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat
expresses thanks to all educators who participated in the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2014/2015
and announces the winning entry as follows:

Research Proposal on œIndonesia “ Australia Initiative: Teacher™s Capacity Development through Project Based Learning Model using Digital Story Telling Project

Ms Finita Dewi
Indonesia Education University
JI. Budi Raya XVII Blok X 12, Bukit Cimindi Raya
Cimahi, West Java
Indonesia 40513

The following are the top 10 entries listed down in no particular order.


Proponent & Country

Affiliation and Position

Nature of Project

Brief Project Description and
Nature of Support Needed

1. Dr Adeline Goh Yuen Sze
Universiti Brunei Darussalam/ Lecturer Proposal The Significance of Workplace Learning in Vocational Teachers™ Career Lives.

Compare the workplace learning of vocational teachers in two different countries (i.e. Brunei and in SEAMEO member countries) and explore the nature of vocational teachers™ learning within the workplaces and to help teachers to understand how their own working cultures can improve their own learning.

Grant is needed to support travel expenses, research assistant, and consumables.
2. Ms Finita Dewi
Indonesia Education University/ Lecture Proposal Indonesia-Australia Initiative : Teacher™s Capacity Development through Project Based Learning Model Using Digital Story Telling Project

A capacity building t for Indonesian teachers on innovative teaching method and technology literacy through a series of workshop on project based learning, digital storytelling and technology integration in teaching learning process

Grant is needed to organize 3 workshops, partnership implementation, and project website.
3. Ms Yusnimar M. Amin
Putroe Nanggroe Pidie Jaya Foundation/ Head of the Foundation Proposal

MOU with Deakin University, Australia
Education Quality Improvement of Putroe Nanggroe Health Vocational High School

A capacity building of the heard master and teachers which include school visits and professional development in an education department of Deakin University.

Collaboration between Putroe Nanggroe Pidie Jaya Foundation and Deakin University, Australia.

Grant is needed to support travel expenses for a one week visit to Australia.
4. Mr Nantha Kumar Subramaniam
Open University Malaysia (OUM)/ Dean Proposal A study in the Use of Social Media and Its Impact on the Malaysian and Australian Students in the Dynamics of Discussion towards Knowledge Development.

Research on the impact of social media on learning and observe the effect of learner type in using social media for learning

Grant is needed to support travel expenses of 2 members from Malaysia to Australia and Australian researchers to travel to Malaysia, payment for research assistants, and venue for report writing and final deliberation.
5. Mr Amando Perfecto Molin
South Hill School, Inc./ Science educator and special projects coordinator Proposal Embedding Environmental Sustainability in Schools Through Enzymatic Composting.

To develop a strategy to incorporate greening practices in community based education through the promotion of enzymatic composition and implementing the involved processes of collection, separation and use of compost products.

Collaborative between South Hill School, Inc. and Queensland University of Technology.

Grant is needed to facilitate the development of strategies of delivery and to find the logistics and machinery of delivery of training to the schools.
6. Jennifer Maire S. Amparo
College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Bonos/Assistant Professor Proposal The use of Integrative and Systems-Based Research Framework: Establishing a Collaborative Learning Platform for Australia and the Philippines for Sustainable ASEAN Food Systems

To pilot-test the implementation of the refined research framework and method which is the product of the Research, Development and Education

Program by their partner institutions (University of the Philippines, Los Bonos, Australian Nation University, and SEARCA)

Grant is needed to support travel expenses of local and international early academics and local researchers to the two project communities including the conduct of the research through secondary data review, key informant interviews and focus group discussions.
7. Ms Dawn Ng
National Insittue of Education/Lecturer Ongoing Building Teachers™ Capacity in Incorporating Mathematical Modelling in Primary School

Developing a Professional Development Platform for Teachers to Infuse Modelling task (PDPIMT) in the primary mathematics curricular at year 5 in Singapore and Indonesian schools.

Grant is needed to support all 4 team members to share research finding at international conference, video and audio transcription, and translation of Indonesian language to English.
8. Ms Kenneth Lim
National Institute of Education / Researcg Scuebtust Proposal

Collaboration between National Institute of Education, Singapore and Deakin University, Australia
Enhancing Understanding on Environmental Science, through Experiential Learning and Intuition Development

Designing and developing a learning framework to enhance and improve environmental science education

The proposed framework will be used to investigate the nature of intuitions which environmental science students have with respect to the meteorological factors affecting their local micro-climate prior to and after collection and analysis of environmental data.

Grant is needed for resource costs (one research associate/intern) new equipment/facilities costs, participation in conference, and academic exchange program.
9. Mr Suchart Saenpich
Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University/ Lecturer Ongoing Project The Development of Computer Games in Order to Support Learning Skills in Basic Scientific Procession

Developing computer games to support the basic science process skills in English version.

Grant is needed to develop the games and implement in science classroom.
10. Mr Son Luong Duc
Dien Bien Phu Public Health Service/ Director Ongoing Project

MOU with The University of Sydney
Learning together: Effective Improvement in Maternal and Newborn Health Care Delivery and Uptake in Dien Bien province, Vietnam

To delivery an effective, appropriate maternity services by and for poor ethnic minority women in rural remote Dien Bien Province, Vietnam through community leader/health professional partnerships in learning and teaching to improve knowledge, skills and health literacy.

Collaboration between Dien Bien Phu Public Health Service and The University of Sydney

Grant is needed to support travel expenses of participates who will be involved in the workshop and research, venue expense, and translation/interpretation.

SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2014/2015 Evaluation Committee

  1. Professor Sivanappan Kumar, PhD
    Vice President of Academic Affairs
    Asian Institute of Technology
  2. Dr Supattra Pativisam
    Assistant President
    The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching of Science and Technology (IPST)
  3. Mr Danilo Padilla
    ESD Programme Coordinator and Liaison Officer
    UNESCO, Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
  4. Ms Karen Welsh
    Counsellor (Education and Science)
    Australian High Commission
  5. Mr Benito Benoza
    Manager Knowledge Management and Networking Office (KMNO)
  6. Prof Dr Ma Sandra B. Tempongko
    Deputy Coordinator
  7. Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond
  8. Dr Gatot Hari
    SEAMEO Secretariat
  9. Dr I Handoko
    Deputy Director for Programme and Development
    SEAMEO Secretariat


  • Ms Kanchulee Punyain
    Programme Officer III, 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


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 œSEAMEO-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 2014/2015.

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 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


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


  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.


  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 2014
      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 Attach in the email all required supporting documents.
  3. Last day for submission of entries is extended until 1 April 2015.


  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.


  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 48th SEAMEO Council Conference in May 2015 in 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.


  1. Submission of entries: 1 June 2014 to 1 April 2015
  2. Evaluation of entries: 20 April 2015
  3. Announcement of results: 23 April 2015
  4. Awarding: 6-9 May 2015

Download the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2014 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: or

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