Invited by the Rural Indigenous Sustainable Education (RISE) in Pwinoolwin, TCF organised an RWCT 60-Hour Workshops on 2-12 March 2020. TCF's certified trainers L. Dai Lum and Mun Aung successfully led the workshop. Thirty-two participants (22 females and 10 males) from the Myanmar's Indigenous communities of Ahkar, Chin, Kachin, Kayan, Lahu, Naga, Pa-Oh and Shan.
February 29 to March 4, 2020
Dr. Thein Lwin attended the Executive Council Meeting of Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) in Kathmandu, Nepal from 28 February until 5 March. The Thinking Classroom Foundation is member of ASPBAE and its Chair Dr. Thein Lwin was elected to the Council for the years 2017-2020 on behalf of the South East Asia Region. During the meeting, the EC members and staff reviewed the ASPBAE activities for 2019 and proposed plans for 2020. Besides, it was discussed on ASPBAE's 8th General Assembly in December 2020.
18-22 February 2020
"Active Learning and Critical Thinking" classroom strategies have been discussed and demonstrated by Dr. Thein Lwin of Thinking Classroom Foundation at Hinthada University on 18-22 February 2020. Over 140 participants have participated in the workshop including Associate Professors, Lecturers, Assistant Lecturers, Tutors and final year Master students. Thanks are due to Pro-Rector Dr. Mar Lar, Heads of Departments, Representative Committee of University Teacher Associations and Hinthada University Teacher Association for their arrangement for the workshop. Dr. Thein Lwin visited to the main library of Hinthada University and provided suggestions for the development of the library.
Mandalay Technological University
10-14 February 2020
Active Learning, Critical Thinking and Research Writing workshop has been conducted by Thinking Classroom Foundation with over 250 final year students at Mandalay Technological University during 10-14 February 2020. Thanks are due to Acting Rector Prof. Dr. Ei Ei Htwe, Head of Civil Engineering Department Prof. Dr. Nilar Aye for their arrangement for the workshop. TCF also thanks to U Than Htike Aung and Dr. Arkar Moe Thu of University Teacher Associations for their contribution to the workshop.
Dr. Thein Lwin of Thinking Classroom Foundation has visited Kachin State in northern Myanmar during 13-19 January 2020 and organised following meetings and workshops.
1. Curriculum workshop with teachers and educators from 32 Church based schools in Kachin State
2. Workshop on Active Learning and Critical Thinking with 16 secondary school teachers of Church based schools
3. Discussion about Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking with 86 newly recruited teachers for Church based schools in Kachin State
4. Presentation on Indigenous Rights to Education, Education for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-4) and Abidjan Principles with teachers, educators and parents in Waimaw, Kachin State
5. Meeting with the leaders of Myitkyina University Teacher Association, Myitkyina University Student Union and Myitkyina Technical College Student Union for critical thinking in higher education workshops
6. Meeting with three Shan educators living in Kachin State and discussed about teacher education for Shan teachers working at Shan monastery based schools
Thinking Classroom Foundation and Representative Committee of University Teachers' Associations jointly organised critical thinking in higher education workshops at the
1. University of Yangon (7-11 October 2019)
2. Hpa-an University (2-6 December 2019)
3. West Yangon University (9-13 December 2019)
4. Kyaing Tong University (16-19 December 2019)
TCF also organised Critical Thinking in Higher Education (CTHE) one-month course in Chiang Mai. CTHE-1 was organised in May 2018 with 17 participants (Professors and Lecturers) from 17 universities. CTHE-2 was organised in May 2019 with 16 participants (Professors and Lecturers) from 16 universities.
Kyaing Tong University (16-19 December 2019)
Thinking Classroom Foundation, Representative Committee of University Teachers' Associations and Kyaing Tong University jointly organised Critical Thinking in Higher Education workshop at Kyaing Tong University on 16-19 December 2019. Forty Four participants (Professors and Lecturers) from twelve departments attended the workshop. The Rector of the university empowered the workshop. The Rector, Deputy Rector, and Heads of Departments attended at the closing ceremony.
West Yangon University (9-13 December 2019)
Thinking Classroom Foundation, Representative Committee of University Teachers' Associations and West Yangon University jointly organised Critical Thinking in Higher Education workshop at the West Yangon University on 9-13 December 2019. Thirty one participants (Professors and Lecturers) attended the workshop. The Rector and two Deputy Rectors attended at the closing ceremony.
Thinking Classroom Foundation, Representative Committee of University Teachers' Associations and Hpa-an University jointly organised a workshop on Critical Thinking in Higher Education on 2-6 December 2019 at the Hpa-an University, Karen State. Twenty-Five participants including Professors, Associate Professors, Lecturers and Assistant Lecturers from Hpa-an University and Technical College in Hpa-an attended the workshop. Five members of Hpa-an University Student Union also participated in the workshop as observers. Deputy Rector and Head of Departments attended the closing ceremony.
University of Yangon (7-11 October 2019)
Thinking Classroom Foundation, Representative Committee of University Teachers' Associations and University of Yangon jointly organised a workshop on Critical Thinking in Higher Education at the Research Centre of the University of Yangon on 7-11 October 2019. Sixteen participants (Professors and Lecturers) attended the workshop.
A group of RWCT teachers from Kachin, Rakhine, Shan, Magwe, Mandalay and Sagging who had attended RWCT Intensive Teacher Training during 2015-2018 has completed Training of Trainers Workshop in Chiang Mai on 1-10 November 2019. They will go back to Myanmar on Sunday 11 November and organise RWCT 60-Hour Workshops in their respective regions.
RWCT 60 Hour Workshops in 2019
RWCT 60-Hr Workshop with 62 Teachers in Kachin State in November 2019
Sixty-two teachers from Church-based schools in Kachin State participated in the RWCT 60-hr Workshop organised by the Ningshawng Training Centre of Kachin Education Foundation based in Myitkyina, Kachin State on 5-15 November 2019. These teachers were divided into two groups led by four RWCT trainers, Lazum Ji Pan, U Mung Awng, Daw Kyi Kyi Myint and Daw Shu Mawa. The trainers have rich experiences in teaching and completed 60-hr RWCT workshops in their regions some years ago organised by TCF. They have recently completed 40-day RWCT-TOT workshop in Chiang Mai during June-July 2019.
RWCT Workshop in Mae Sot for Migrant School Teachers in October 2019
The Burmese Migrant Teachers' Association (BMTA) organises 60-Hour RWCT workshop at the Children's Development Centre (CDC) in Mae Sot on 16-26 October 2019. RWCT trainers Sayama Naw Enita Sawlay (TOT 2019) and Sayama Naw Takaw Wah (TOT 2019) lead the workshop. The workshop was participated by 40 teachers from Myanmar migrant schools in Tak Province of Thailand. TCF Program Director and trainer Ms. Hawng Tsai (Ah Sai) join the training on 24-26 October and deliver certificates to the participants on behalf of Thinking Classroom Foundation.
RWCT Workshop in Mandalay, September 2019
RWCT trainer Daw Kyi Kyi Zin and Coordinator Daw Nan Thidar (ITT-5) organise 60-Hour RWCT Workshop at the Salay Monastic Education High School in Mandalay in September 2019. The workshop is participated by 33 teachers (mostly female).
Two RWCT Workshops in Hopone, Southern Shan State, August and September 2019
RWCT trainer Daw Kyi Kyi Myint and Nang Mi sein, and Coordinator Nang Nilar Aung (ITT-4) organise two 60-Hour RWCT Workshop at Naung Taung Philanthropic Monastic Education High School in Hopone, Southern Shan State during August and September 2019.. The first workshop is attended by 26 teachers and the second workshop is 35. Most participants are female.
RWCT Workshop in Monywa, Sagaing District, March 2019
Daw Myint Myint Hlaing (ITT-5), Daw Wai Wai Aung (ITT-4), Daw Thida Htway (ITT-4) and Daw Aye Myat Nwe (RWCT Trainer) organize 60-Hour RWCT Workshop at Ma-Ku-Ta-Ra-Ma Monastic Education Center in Monywa from 23 March to 1 April 2019 with the support of Sayadaw Ashin Ma-Hein-Da Pan-Dita from the Vejayanta Monastic Education. It is participated by 31 participants (mostly female).
Southeast Asia Education Conference 2019 in Bangkok
TCF Chairperson Dr. Thein Lwin attend and present about "Critical Thinking, pedagogy, and curriculum quality" at the Southeast Asia Education Conference at the Anantara Siam Hotel in Bangkok on 25-27 October 2019 organised by Open Society Foundation. Under the main themes of the conference, "Critical Thinking and Academic Freedom", the following topics are discussed:
1. Conflict and education
2. Migration, displacement, and multi-lingual education
3. Higher education in Cambodia
4. Implications of religiously affiliated education institutions
5.Critical thinking, pedagogy, and curriculum quality
6. ASPBAE: Education sector planning process
7. Community.based / alternative / non-formal education
8. Issues of integrity and transparency in education systems and institutions
9. Climate change, the environment, and education
10. The role of international donors in education reform process
11. Challenges to inclusive education
12. The growth of private actors in education: roles and implications
Awareness on Active Learning and Critical Thinking RWCT Strategies; SDG-4 and Abidjan Principles at Nanmana Village, Moe Kaung Township, Kachin State
The TCF Team led by Dr. Thein Lwin present on Active Learning and Critical Thinking RWCT strategies on 18 October 2019 attended by 100 teachers from ten Church-based schools operated in Moe Kaung and Hopin Townships. On 19 October, The Team present Education for Sustainable Development (SDG-4) and Abidjan Principles with the same participants. The Team also meets the parents from three schools near by villages in the evening of 18 October and introduce on SDG-4.7 and Global Citizenship.
Workshop on School-Based Education Reform and Teacher Education in Myitkyina
Dr. Thein Lwin, Sai Hsai Loen Kham and Ms. Hawng Tsai of Thinking Classroom Foundation lead the workshop on school-based education reform in Myitkyina on 14-15 October 2019 attended by 40 participants from 34 Church-based schools run by Kachin Education Foundation. On 16-17 October 2019, TCF team lead the discussion on Teacher Education with the Kachin Education Institute.
Critical Thinking in Higher Education in Yangon
Thinking Classroom Foundation and University of Yangon jointly organise a workshop on Critical Thinking in Higher Education at the Research Centre of the University of Yangon on 7-11 October 2019. The participants are sixteen professors and lecturers from the University of Yangon. Dr. Thein Lwin, Chairperson of the Foundation leads the workshop.
World Teachers' Day 2019 at the University of Yangon
Dr. Thein Lwin, Chairperson of the Foundation attends and delivers an opening speech at the World Teachers' Day 2019 celebrated at the University of Yangon jointly organised by the Representative Committee of University Teachers' Association and Basic Teachers' Association on 5 October 2019.
Capacity Building on the Right to Education and the Abidjan Principles in Bangkok
Ms. Hawng Tsai, Program Director of the Foundation participates in the Capacity Building on the Right to Education and the Abidjan Principles in Bangkok on 4-6 October 2019.
TCF organised a Training of Trainers workshop in Chiang Mai, 40 days in June-July 2019. The participants are RWCT teachers from TCF's partner organisations in Myanmar and migrant schools in Mae Sot. They went back to their respective communities and provide RWCT inservice training (60 hours) to other teachers in their regions.