ASEAN to Promote STEM
ASEAN governments have joined hands with international researchers in a bid to improve STEM learning in the region. At a recent international video conference, Supat Champathong, Thailand’s Permanent Secretary for Education, stressed the significance of research in lifting the quality of education in ASEAN countries hit by three challenges- low PISA scores, shortages of STEM teachers needed to pull these nations out of the middle-income trap, and the need to build awareness on sustainable development among the youth. The conference covered three main topics: how to create a professional learning community (PLC) among educators; provision of STEM education from kindergarten to 12th grade; and the creation of world-standard STEM vocational colleges. Proposals from the conference will be presented at the SEAMEO Congress 2021 in April, which will be attended by ASEAN education ministers.