In October 2014, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education through the SEAMEO Council has issued seven priority areas for SEAMEO to work together to improve the quality of education in Southeast Asia. “Revitalizing Teacher Education” is one of the priority areas in achieving quality education in the region. In order to fulfill this mandate, the SEAMEO Secretariat has embarked on a project titled, “Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia (SEA-Teacher Project)”. The project aims to provide opportunity for pre-service student teachers from universities in Southeast Asia to do their practicum (teaching experiences) in schools in other countries in Southeast Asia.
On 9 October 2015, eleven universities from Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam met and signed an agreement for the exchange of pre-service student teacher, starting the 1st batch in January 2016. The exchange is for student whose major are in math, science, English and pre-school. The duration is for one month and based on the mechanism of cost sharing basis. Students roles and responsibilities are assigned weekly during the one month period. Moreover, the host universities will provide mentors to supervise and monitor the students throughout the practicum period.
The Objective of the Project
- To enable pre-service student teachers to develop their teaching skills and pedagogy.
- To encourage the pre-service student teachers to practice their English skills.
- To allow the pre-service student teachers to gain a broader regional and world view.
- Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University Under the Royal Patronage (VRU), Pathumthani, Thailand
- Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM), Indonesia
- 10 VRU students exchange with 12 UNM students for one month period, starting from January - February 2016.
- Prathomsuksa Thammasart School, Pathumthani
- The Demonstration School of Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University Under The Royal Pratonage, Pathumthani
- Thammasat Klongluang School, Pathumthani
- Wangnoi Phanomyong School, Ayutthaya
- SMP Islam Athirah Makassar
- SMA Islam Athirah Makassar
At the end of the 1st batch, the 1st evaluation meeting was held on 26-27 February 2016 at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University to share lesson learned and success factors.
- Students should prepare lesson plans, materials and health insurance in advance prior to travel.
- The role of mentor is important so that the students have opportunity to improve and learn.
- Active mentor
- Supportive schools
- Student teachers who have open-minded and positive attitude to learn.
The 2nd batch of pre-service student teacher exchange will be from 17 July – 15 August 2016. There are 17 universities from Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand participated in the 2nd batch with approximately 180 students exchange among the three countries.
- Lambung Mangkurat University, Banjarmasin
- Universitas Muhammadiyah Prof Dr HAMKA (UHAMKA), Jakarta
- Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta
- Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh
- Pasundan University, Bandung
- Yogyakarta State University, Yogyakarta
- Indonesia University of Education, Bandung
- Makasar State University, Makasar
- Islamic University of Indonesia, Yogyakarta
- Universitas Tanjungpura, Pontianak West Kalimantan
- Technological Institute of the Philippines
- Philippine Normal University, Manila
- Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, Chiang Rai
- Thepsatri Rajabhat University, Lopburi
- Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University, Patum Thani
- Suratthani Rajabhat University, Suratthani
- Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University, Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya