The world’s education sector has been greatly impacted by the Pandemic, resulting in changes of learning styles globally. The utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning activities can no longer be avoided. SEAMOLEC has taken efforts through national and regional programmes to support teachers and educators to overcome challenges during this outbreak.
In cooperation with its partners, Eduten Finland and Cahaya Utara Indonesia (CUI), SEAMOLEC jointly initiated the International Webinar on “Educational Technology to Support Online Learning” hosted on July 17, 2020 at 14.00 to 16.00 hrs. (GMT+7). It was also supported greatly by the Embassy of Finland for Indonesia and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat in Bangkok. This programme is aimed to broaden digital learning experience and perspective on the mentioned topic to benefit both teachers and learners.
The webinar was opened by SEAMOLEC Deputy Director for Programme, Mrs Prakaikan Schneitz who briefly reported the preparation of the online event. There were more than 5.000 participants registered in the webinar coming from more than 20 countries, not only from Southeast Asia, but also from other continents around the world like Netherlands, Qatar, USA, Saudi Arabia, India, and many more.
Session was then continued with a special welcome remark from the Director of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat, Dr Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela. She expressed appreciation for SEAMOLEC which has initiated this programme. In her remarks she emphasized that this Pandemic has forced all people globally to think of new ways in developing new educational technology. Meanwhile, at SEAMEO level, webinars are being advanced to promote continuity of learning within the region and beyond.
The official opening remark was delivered by Ms Anna Korpi, the representative of HE Ambassador of the Embassy of Finland for Indonesia. She is the Counsellor for Education and Science responsible for Finland cooperation for the whole Asia. In her remark she outlined a couple of points of the Finnish education system in general and suggested more international cooperation to reinvent and redevelop strategies and approaches to share experiences and lessons during this hard time. She acknowledged this international webinar as one of the good opportunities.
About the Speakers
Ms. Anna Korpi,
Counsellor, Education and Science at the Embassy of Finland in Singapore
Dr. Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela
the Director of SEAMEO Secretariat
Mr. Erkki Kaila, Ph.D
Head of Researcher, Eduten Co.Ltd
Lecturer,University of Turku, Finland
Prof. Dr. Paulina Pannen, M.L.S
Interim Director of Innovation System,
Ministry of Research and Innovation of Republic of Indonesia
Mr. Aaron Loh
Divisional Director, Educational Technology Division,
Ministry of Education, Singapore
Mr. M. Octaviano Pratama
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist,
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