Indonesian Education and Cultural Attache visits SEAMEO INNOTECH
The Education and Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Manila, Ms. Lili Nurlaili, visited SEAMEO INNOTECH last 26 February 2019 to discuss possible collaborations of her office and the Center. The discussion was facilitated by the Manager of the Knowledge Management and Networking Office, Mr. Benito Benoza.
The half-day session with Ms. Nurlaili resulted to meaningful collaborative activities related to teacher training, ASEAN culture, dissemination and contextualization of knowledge products, and sharing of expertise. As Ms. Nurlaili is keen on enhancing the capacities of teachers and school heads in Indonesia, she expressed interest in the learning programs of the Center that are anchored on the Competency Framework for Teachers in Southeast Asia and Competency Framework for Southeast Asian School Heads. In partnership with the Office of the Education and Cultural Attaché, 30 Indonesian English teachers will receive scholarship to one of INNOTECH’s flagship online courses for teachers or the GURO21. Invitation to join and participate in the Center’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Teach On: Keeping the Passion Alive was also extended to interested Indonesian teachers and educators.
Strengthened partnerships with Indonesian universities through the Office of the Education and Cultural Attaché were also tackled during the visit. Robust network and partnership agreements with the universities and higher education institutions will enable SEAMEO INNOTECH to further implement its translation, contextualization, and dissemination efforts. Moreover, Ms. Nurlaili offered to share Indonesian expertise that would help the Center in developing contents for its projects and programs as well as awareness on the cultural commonalities and diversities of the Bahasa speaking countries. She also expressed openness to share resource persons who can provide updates on the current education landscape of Indonesia and aid the Center in the development of its 10th Five-Year Development Plan.
2019 serves as the 70th year of Indonesia and the Philippines partnership in the region. The visit of Ms. Lili Nurlaili to SEAMEO INNOTECH is one of the initiatives aimed to strengthen the collaboration and partnership of Indonesia to the organizations in the Philippines. Ms. Nurlaili is an alumna of SEAMEO INNOTECH’s training courses in the 1990s.