Remarks by Mr Reginald Wee, SIF Division Director (Programmes), at the Closing of the Integrated Education Bandung Phase 2 Project in Bandung, Indonesia
Bapak Dr. Ir.H. Ahmad Hadadi, M.Si., Head of Education Office, West Java Province,
Bapak Rodyana Opa Mustopa, Principal, SMAN 11,
Bapak Elih Sediapermana, Head of Bandung City Education Bureau Bandung City,
Singapore International Volunteers,
Selamat Sore! Thank you for joining us at the closing ceremony of the Integrated Education Bandung Phase 2 Project, a two-year collaborative effort by Singaporean and Indonesian communities to enhance teaching pedagogy.
Globalisation, changing demographics and technological disruptions are some of the driving forces behind the need for our young to acquire the necessary skills to succeed in today’s dynamic global economy. How then, do we develop teachers to be better equipped to help students gain the analytical, problem-solving, social and emotional skills required for the future workplace? This was a shared concern that we at the Singapore International Foundation or SIF and our partners, the Education Bureau of Bandung City and SMAN 11, sought to address through this project.
Since 2015, a team of Singapore International Volunteers or SIVs who are education specialist, helped build a core group of 45 Master Trainers made up of high school teachers from 10 schools in Bandung, with enhanced pedagogical capabilities and competencies. This group was equipped with the knowledge and skills to better engage their students in the classroom and explore new teaching methods for designing their integrated lesson plans. Over two years, we worked together to incorporate Information Communications Technology or ICT, formative assessment, inquiry-based discussions and dilemma based learning approaches into classroom engagement strategies. 21 Master Trainers also carried out a study visit to Singapore last month, aimed at further promoting learning, exchanges and strengthening of professional and personal ties between our teaching communities. We now look forward to having this core group of trainees further share their newfound knowledge with their peers to sustain the impact of this project. In this way, more students will be able to benefit from an integrative, student-centred, learning environment that promotes collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and empathy.
For over 25 years, Singaporeans and Indonesians have come together through SIF’s initiatives such as this to share ideas, skills and resources with each other in a variety of areas such as health, education, arts and governance. We had a successful partnership with SMAN 11 in the first phase of this project between 2009 to 2014, raising pedagogical standards of 130 trainees, with 95 percent reporting an improvement in their teaching methodology. It is heartening to learn that one of its teachers, Pak Atik Tappin, used the techniques shared by the SIVs in a national instructor competition and came in fourth. Congratulations! The second phase of this project which comes to a successful closure today exemplifies the good that can happen when communities connect and collaborate to effect positive change, coming together to share resources and expertise to solve common challenges. The commitment by both Singaporeans and Indonesians to work together to improve lives is testament to the spirit of ‘’gotong royong’’ between our peoples.
All these would not have been possible without the strong support of the school management of SMAN 11 and the Education Bureau. I like to thank you for your openness and strong commitment to working with us to uplift lives through education.
I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the team of SIVs led by Teguh Daniel Tampemawa. Thank you for generously contributing your time and expertise to this project. And continuing this long-standing tradition of extending a hand of friendship to our Indonesian neighbour. Cross-cultural, people-to-people cooperation initiatives such as this are important to build mutual understanding and ties, to further strengthen the deep and enduring relationship our two countries currently enjoy. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Singapore-Indonesia relations. I am confident that the bonds you forged will continue to sustain the growth of this friendship.
Thank you and have a wonderful afternoon reconnecting with friends!
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