INNOTECH Facilitates Leadership Program for Vietnamese Delegates
School directors and deputy directors from the Ba Dinh Education District, under the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) of Vietnam, visited the Philippines for the Southeast Asian School Leadership Program (SEA-SLP). A group of 12 delegates, consisting of school directors and deputy directors, arrived on 03 August 2023 to participate in the program designed to help them develop actionable plans highlighting the improvements they plan to introduce in their respective schools based on what they have learned from the program.
The program’s goals are set out through 4 enabling objectives: (1) analyze how the current and emerging realities impact schools, teachers, learners, and community at large, (2) learn the instructional strategies and innovations, including teacher development initiatives being adopted by selected schools in the Philippines, (3) strengthen competencies in building school- community partnerships; and (4) Network with other school leaders to strengthen professional support.
In her welcome message, INNOTECH Center Director and former Education Secretary, Prof. Leonor Magtolis Briones, recognized the strength of Vietnam’s education system and highlighted the shared culture and experiences of Filipinos and Vietnamese as neighbors in Southeast Asia.
“Through this School Leadership Program, we will train the participants in what we have done well while also learning from them; how they have achieved their outstanding performances in education,” Prof. Briones emphasized.
Le Thi Minh Hue, Vice Principal of Nguyen Cong Tru Secondary School and team leader of the Vietnamese delegation, expressed gratitude for the opportunity facilitated by INNOTECH. He guaranteed their active participation to contribute to the success of the program and expressed hopes of future collaborations.
Throughout the 9-day course, the participants honed their strategic thinking, instructional leadership, management, stakeholder engagement, and personal excellence. Additionally, the program gave an opportunity for the Vietnamese school officials to benchmark strategies and innovations, including teacher and learner development initiatives being adopted by selected schools in the Philippines.
“We need school leaders who will transform education for the new generation. The real essence of leadership is when a leader pays attention to the needs of the team and work in the direction to fulfill those needs,” said Kochakorn Khattapan Acidre, INNOTECH Deputy Center Director.
Aligned with its mandate of strengthening Southeast Asian educators’ capacities, SEAMEO INNOTECH regularly facilitates training for educators. The SEA-SLP program complements the national commitment of the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to transform education, ensuring educational resilience amidst uncertainties and challenges.