Thinking Classroom Foundation and Hpa-an University Teacher Association 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. Dr. Thein Lwin of Thinking Classroom Foundation led 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.
Congratulations to the University Teachers' Association (UTAs) members, professors and lecturers of sixteen state universities from Myanmar for their completion of three-week Critical Thinking in Higher Education Course (CTHE Batch 2) in May 2019. They also visited Chiang Mai University and Mae Jo University in Chiang Mai and learned about higher education in Thailand.
TCF organises RWCT programme leaders workshop from 8-12 April 2019. Teacher Educators from different teacher training centres across the country promotion of ACTIVE LEARNING AND CRITICAL THINKING in teaching and learning through Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) teacher training programme. Gathering of RWCT teacher training leaders, Centre-based RWCT Teacher training providers, TCF alumni between 2005 to 2018 for in depth analysis and reflection of teacher education and training journey.
TCF provided 10-day Teacher Training promoting active learning and Critical Thinking Teaching strategies with teachers from Sama Baptist Association’s Nawng E Hku Mission School.
ASPBAE Executive Council Meeting in Japan, Feb-Mar 2019
TCF Chairman, Dr Thein Lwin attended the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) Executive Council Meeting held in Gotemba, Japan on Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2019. TCF is a member of ASPBAE and Dr. Lwin is elected to the Executive Council.
We thank you so much to Sayar U Tha Uke and Sayama (s) from Eden Centre for Disabled Children (ECDC) for sharing two-day of Inclusive Education Workshop and many Thanks Maw Theh Mar for sharing Your experiences to TCF Teacher Training and Teachers from Aurora Schoolteachers. Special Thanks to all the teachers for your dedications for education development of community and right to education for every child 👶 🧒 👶 🧒👶 🧒👶 🧒
Congratulations to 3-month Intensive Teacher Training’s teachers for productively completely 5- week of placement teaching application of ACTIVE LEARNING AND CRITICAL THINKING STRATEGIES In the classroom. Thank you so much to Aurora Private School, ကံတက္ကုန္း ဘုန္းေတာႀကီးသင္ေက်ာင္း(Kantatkone Monastic School) စေလဘုန္းေတာ္ႀကီးသင္ေက်ာင္း f(Salay Monastic School) in Mandalay for supporting ITT 6th batch of TCF.
TCF’s 3- Month Intensive Teacher Training successfully completed 6- week of education teaching strategies, theories, philosophy foundation course and now ready to go to the 6-week of placement teaching to apply active learning and critical thinking skills in actual teaching. So much fun coming with fruitfulness learning.