The Association of Southeast Asian Teacher Education Network held its Second Meeting of Presidents on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila. The meeting focused on charting AsTEN’s strategic directions for 2015 to 2018, and identifying priority projects for 2015-2016.
Hosted by our very own Philippine Normal University, the meeting was attended by delegates from the Teacher Education Universities from neighboring ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. PNU President Dr. Esther Ogeda chaired the whole-day meeting.
After a fruitful brainstorming and sharing focused on uplifting the value of teacher education, AsTEN has decided to group its initiatives into 4 categories:
- Knowledge Creation, which will focus on international research collaboration
- Knowledge Sharing, which will focus on organizing AsTEN conferences, cultural expos, and also in setting up the AsTEN journal and website
- Knowledge Utilization, which will establish an international internship program across the ASEAN region
- Knowledge Management, which will establish the standardization of processes in teacher education by forming an accreditation body
Each category is spearheaded by a member country, while other members choose which category they would like to be a committee member of.
In the afternoon, the meeting resumed with a presentation from PNU on six project proposals they would like to present for AsTEN’s participation:
- Policies, practices, and readiness for mobility among Teacher Education Institutions in the ASEAN region
- Innovations in pedagogy and assessment in ASEAN
- Multicultural, civic and global citizenship
- Qualities and competence of ASEAN arts and languages
- Best practices in Math and Science
- Philosophy of teaching the ASEAN teacher
The meeting ended with the discussion of the next board meeting, which will happen on July in Bandung, Indonesia.
AsTEN is a network of premier Teacher Education Insitutions (TEI’s) in the ASEAN region. As an organization, it aims to address issues on Teacher Education and serves as a vehicle for collaboration within member institutions that will ultimately benefit the whole ASEAN region.