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THE FIRST WORKSHOP ON SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP INDONESIA AND THAILAND, EASTIN HOTEL BANGKOK, 22-24 JANUARY 2009

Februari 4, 2009

INDONESIA AND THAILAND STUDENTS TO STUDY SUBJECTS
FROM EACH OTHERS SCHOOLS WITHOUT LEAVING RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES

Indonesian Embassy to the Kingdom of Thailand in collaboration with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) will hold the First Workshop on Indonesian and Thailand Schools Partnership in Bangkok on January 22 – 24, 2009. Fifty participants who represent international standard elementary and secondary schools from various parts of Thailand and Indonesia are expected to attend the workshop.

The participants will use the two days event to brainstorm and discuss ways to build collaboration between schools in Indonesia and Thailand. Other issues to be elaborated among others things are measures to improve quality of learning, to provide pathways for teachers to do research and to share knowledge, culture and value through partnership. “The schools partnership between Thailand and Indonesia will play a significant role in building the capacity of human resources not only for both countries but also for ASEAN as a whole, especially for the preparation of the establishment of ASEAN Community Year 2015”, Indonesian Ambassador to Thailand Mohammad Hatta said.

Potential among several activities could be resulted from the workshop is collaboration between Thailand and Indonesia’s participating schools in particular subjects such as math, English, science, etc, through open and distance learning. Other activities are teacher exchange program, student exchange program and joint teachers training.

At bilateral level the event would strengthen Indonesia and Thailand’s the already exist cooperation in education sector mainly between the two countries’ high learning institutions, e.g. student exchange program and dual degree program. In this context a number of Memorandum of Understanding have signed by universities in the two countries to increase the cooperation.

Indonesia and Thailand are also the founding members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The regional grouping has taken measures aiming to create ASEAN Community based on three pillars one of which is ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). ASCC becomes one of the three pillars to increase cooperation in human development. Under the ASCC Plan of Action, the goal of building an ASEAN community of caring societies will address the promotion improved standards and access to education through networking and institutional collaboration among member states. SEAMOLEC is an open and distance learning centre under the SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization) in which both Thailand and Indonesia are member countries.

The opening of the workshop will be attended by Thai government officials as wellas officials from SEAMEO on Thursday, 22 January, 2009, at 08.30 am, at the Eastin Hotel, New Petchburi Road, Makkasan, Bangkok. Journalists are also invited to attend the opening ceremony. For further information regarding the workshop, please contact Mr. Didik Sulistyanto, Education Attache, phone no. 0819187255.

Bangkok, 22 January 2009

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Foto Bersama Bpk. Dubes, Permanent Secretary Thailand, Direktur SEAMOLEC, Deputy Directur SEAMEO dan Kepala Sekolah SMP, SMA dan SMK dari INDONESIA dan THAILAND

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