Location : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Date : April 4 and 5, 2023
Main venue: ASEAN Center for Digital Education (in Preah Sisowath High School complex)
STEM education is now on its way to a broader deployment in Cambodia, but faces considerable challenges. STEM education capacity needs to be developed, and the professional development initiatives supporting this have to be responsive to the local context while still preserving essential features of what STEM education is all about.
Thanks to the invaluable support of the HEAD Foundation, representatives of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, school leaders in STEM, teacher educators, mentors and other specialists will meet in Phnom Phen, Cambodia, to participate in a face-to-face forum about Cambodia STEM Mentoring initiatives. The Forum will be the opportunity to exchange experiences about STEM education and Mentoring STEM teachers in South-Est Asia, and our goal it to identify key practices in STEM mentoring that will be applicable in the Cambodian context.
During this Forum, participants will thus learn more about STEM Education in Cambodia, which include Cambodia STEM education policy and initiative in terms of professional development for teachers. It will be the occasion to hear from people with experience in designing and delivering STEM Education in Cambodia, and individuals involved in mentoring teachers in Cambodia. Participants will visit two high schools in Phnom Penh and meet with key contributors to STEM education in those school to talk about they achievements, then challenges they faced, and their hopes for the future. Expert in STEM education teacher training from Thailand and Singapore will share their realization and understanding in terms of capacity building, effective models of mentoring and training programmes, and discuss with Cambodian analogues involved in teacher training and professional development.
Our objective with this forum is to identify what could be key feature of a successful STEM Mentoring Program in Cambodia based on successful initiative in neighbours' countries, and knowledge about the current situation in Cambodia. We hope to find way to mutually align STEM professional development programmes in Cambodia with the country's national plans and opportunity. We want to clarify some of the needs regarding a successful STEM mentoring program, constraints, and opportunities to meet those needs, and begin to devise this program. We also believe that this forum can be favorable to initiate concrete actions toward the recognition of futures school leaders' participation STEM professional development, and the creation of partnerships for such STEM professional development measure.
Do so, we designed a program which all participants will have the possibility to ask questions, share observations, think and discuss over the course of two days. Translators will be present at all times, and as much as possible all documentation will be translated in Khmer and English.
Here is a list of participating organizatons:
The following table gives an overview of the program. Speakers are being asked to provide us as soon as possible with all documents relevant to their talk (for example powerpoint presentations, hand-outs, etc.) so we can translate them, and even make them available to other participants prior to the meeting. All presentations are meant to be relatively short so that ample time is left for questions and comments. Since language and ease to communicate in such context might vary a lot among participants, we will provide "comments and questions" forms (with prompts and open space) to allow participants to share their observations in different manners. A "Reflections box" will be available at all time to collect the notes, and we will prepare them for sharing in the last part of the meeting.
[program as of March 14]
The english version of the final report is here: FINAL REPORT
For all information, please contact Dr. Chan Roath at firstname.lastname@example.org.