Tuesday, 06 December 2016 01:58

CPSC, UNEVOC Gather 20 Countries for Special International Program on Improving Quality of Teacher Training and Learning through ICT

2016-12 Special-Program

The collaborative International Special Program on Capacity Building for TVET Teacher Trainers being organized by the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET, Bonn, Germany commenced December 5, 2016. The program held until December 9, 2016 at CPSC, Manila, Philippines gathered 20 countries from the Asia Pacific region and from Africa.

The program which focused on learning through ICT and digital learning technologies is in line with UNESCO and CPSC's commitment to the global TVET drive towards educational transformation by improving teaching through digital technology. Specifically, the program aimed to continually tap into the potential of teacher training institutions to effectively design teacher training programs that consider pedagogies and technologies as synergetic components to promote quality in the delivery of TVET.

Twenty-five (25) TVET professionals from CPSC member and non-member countries joined the program. Member country representatives came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Non-member country representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran and Vietnam also attended the program, while experts from Madagascar and Nigeria were invited to share their expertise and experiences in delivering quality TVET mechanisms in their own countries.

The program was designed to improve the competencies of TVET teacher trainers within the networks of TVET teacher training institutions of CPSC and UNESCO. It also targeted to further address competency gaps of teachers in identifying pedagogical approaches, technology-based resources, and build on existing capacities to strengthen their vocational pedagogy.

2016-12 Special-Program-2(L-R) Dr. Romulita Alto, CPSC Faculty Consultant, Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC
Seconded Faculty Consultant, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC Director
General, Mr. Brajesh Panth, Senior Education Specialist, ADB and Dr. Shyamal
Majumdar Head, UNESCO-UNEVOC during the opening ceremony of the program.
Overall supervision was facilitated by the heads of the collaborating institutions: Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General and Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, Ph.D., Head, UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET. Assisting them in program coordination were Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC, Seconded Faculty Consultant and Mr. Aldrich Mejia, Program Assistant (Multimedia) and UNESCO-UNEVOC Network Coordinator (Caribbean Cluster). The program also invited resource persons coming from the UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand and the University of the East in Manila, Philippines.

Themes and lecture discussions will center on: (1) Inspiring Technology-Enabled Learning in TVET: Quality Context and Challenges; (2) Improving TVET Teacher Competencies in Technology-Pedagogy integration; (3) Strengthening TVET Systems through the Use of ICTs; (4) Instructional Design using Technology; (5) Open Education Resources: UNEVOC Centre's Experiences; (6) TVET Teacher Training Approaches in Africa using Blended Learning; (7) Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) and Active Learning; (8) Content Knowledge - Making Sense of Content; (9) Pedagogical Content Knowledge - Active Learning Strategies and (10) Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge - Selecting ICT Resources.

Dr. Lamichhane, in his welcome remarks, affirmed CPSC's commitment to contribute to the trend towards a TVET that is responsive to technological advancements. He also cited some of the technologies that CPSC has adopted in order to become a more effective TVET training institution. In affirmation to Dr. Lamichhane's speech, Dr. Majumdar also outlined the challenges faced by the world in terms of TVET quality improvement and reiterated UNESCO's commitment in providing resources, expertise and ideas to bring together organizations and persons to collectively address this emerging challenge.

Delivering his keynote address as program Chief Guest, Mr. Brajesh Panth, Senior Education Specialist from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) highlighted the need to address the mismatch between the industry and the world of work and what TVET needs to address. He reflected on the different initiatives embarked by ADB and its partner organizations in bringing about some notable improvements in the delivery of TVET using the latest technology. Furthermore, he encouraged the attendees to contribute in enhancing their own TVET systems by applying the lessons shared by the program to their own schools.

The CPSC's 43rd anniversary was celebrated through a special dinner held December 5 as part of the Welcome event for the program participants. A visit to the Informatics Campus-Manila, one of the IT-oriented institutions in the country was arranged for the program on December 9.