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Sultanate's Active Involvement in Human Resource Development Key to Domestic Advancement (BruDirect (Brunei))

by August 21, 2015 General

With the Asean Economic Community being a shared vision among leaders across the region, among the many components to ensure the successes of the regional grouping include the strength of its people.

Being an active member of Asean, Brunei’s participation in the various programmes to develop human resource is paramount to not just its own capacity building but also to the development of the region as a whole.

As a result of a three-year investment in the training of dozens of government educators as well as officers, a ceremony yesterday witnessed the certification of 11 men and women who are now Master Trainers under the Technical Skills Upgrading Programme for Vocational and Technical Teachers in Southeast Asia, following the completion of their three-week training in Singapore in 2013, 2014 and 2015, under ITE Education Services Singapore in collaboration with the TEMASEK Foundation, and facilitated by Brunei’s SEAMEO Voctech in which participants trained in the fields of Industry Electronics, Facility Technology and Mechatronics.

By way of reaching further out within the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) community, the programme requires master trainers to train at least three teachers per person in their own countries and thus far, 36 additional TVET educators and trainers have benefitted from this regional effort that has seen more than 300 people trained in SEAMEO member states, who also were presented with their certificates yesterday.

The programme, explained High Commissioner of Singapore in Brunei Darussalam, Jaya Ratnam, who attended the ceremony, is an initiative aimed at training more than 360 teachers from nine Asean countries excluding Singapore in selected technical and pedagogical areas with the hope that the undertaking can contribute to Asean integration, the Asean Community and the Asean Economic Community.

“This training programme will not only directly enhance the participants’ professional skills, but more importantly through this training mechanism, they will create a strong Asean community,” he said.

With the skills that these trainers have acquired, the high commissioner also expressed hope for such educators to teach better while at the same time producing more qualified TVET graduates.

“I hope that these master trainers trained in Singapore together with their Asean counterparts will continue building strong communities, share good practices, and continue spreading the news of this training and share their skills with others,” the high commissioner added.