INNOTECH translates Competency Framework for SEA School Heads to 7 languages
In 2014, SEAMEO INNOTECH, through its Instructional Design and Materials Development Unit (IDMDU) under the Learning Management Office, revised and updated the Competency Framework for Southeast Asian School Heads in close collaboration with ministries of education of the region. It was approved at the 58th Governing Board Meeting of SEAMEO INNOTECH held in Yangon, Myanmar in November 2014. The framework has two objectives: (1) provide guidance to school heads in evaluating their competencies and carrying out activities for their professional development, and (2) serve as a basis for the development of SEAMEO INNOTECH’s capacity-building initiatives for school leaders and managers.
(Related article: Success Competencies of Southeast Asian School Heads: A Learning Guide)
The Competency Framework for Southeast Asian School Heads is not intended to replace existing national competency standards but to serve as a complementary document. It was conceived to be a useful reference for SEAMEO-member countries that are still in the process of developing their own competency framework.
In order to operationalize the framework, IDMDU developed a guidebook, Success Competencies of Southeast Asian School Heads: A Learning Guide, upon the recommendation of SEAMEO INNOTECH’s Governing Board. The Learning Guide thoroughly discusses the Competency Framework for Southeast Asian School Heads. The goal is to facilitate school heads’ and Ministry of Education training staff’s use of the framework as a tool for professional growth and development.
IDMDU translated the Competency Framework to six languages initially to promote the widespread use of the Competency Framework in Southeast Asia. These are the languages of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The translation of the framework to a seventh language, Indonesian Malay, is ongoing.
As of the moment, SEAMEO INNOTECH is in the process of seeking an endorsement of the translated versions of the Competency Framework for Southeast Asian School Heads from the respective Ministries of Education.