Three (3) Thai college students from Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under the Royal Patronage (VRU) in Pathum Thani, Thailand have embarked on an enriching journey to Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. They are participating in the Pre-service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia Project (SEA-Teacher Project), where they will spend a month at Xavier Ateneo Junior High School, not only facilitating learning but also fostering cultural exchange.
SEA-Teacher Project from Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under the Royal Patronag, Thailand (L-R) | Pahpawee Chotana, Thirawat Sonklin , Jettanaporn Sanghiran
The SEA-Teacher Project serves as a platform for pre-service student teachers from universities across Southeast Asia to gain valuable teaching experiences through practicum placements in schools within the SEA region. This initiative aligns with the SEAMEO agenda, which aims to enhance the quality of education in Southeast Asia. The exchange program primarily invites 3rd and 4th year students specializing in Mathematics, Science, English, Pre-school, Economic Education, Physical Education, Elementary/Primary, and Social Science.
Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, in collaboration with the Office of International Cooperation and Networking (OICN), has pledged its commitment and support to the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education-Teacher Exchange Program (SEA-TEP). In August 2023, three (3) students from Xavier Ateneo School of Education namely: Charmie Cabiasa, Djevonah Ogoy, and Steven Paul Siawan, were sent to Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under the Royal Patronage (VRU) in Pathum Thani, Thailand, as part of the exchange program.
Xavier Ateneo School of Education welcomes the SEA-Teacher Project from VRU, Thailand
The structure of the SEA-Teacher Project encompasses various stages, including orientation and class observation, serving as teaching assistants alongside cooperating teachers, actively facilitating learning in the classroom, and reflecting on the experiences gained during the program.
Through this immersive experience, the Thai students will enhance their teaching skills and gain a deeper understanding of the Philippine education system, culture, and Jesuit Education. Likewise, the students at Xavier Ateneo Junior High School will benefit from the diverse perspectives and teaching approaches brought by their Thai counterparts.
Courtesy visit and orientation with Xavier Ateneo Junior High School
The SEA-Teacher Project provides a unique opportunity for aspiring educators to broaden their horizons, foster cross-cultural understanding, and contribute to the continuous improvement of education in Southeast Asia. This exchange program not only enriches the participating students' educational journeys but also strengthens the bonds between Thailand and the Philippines, promoting collaboration and mutual learning in the field of education.
SEA-Teacher Project courtesy call with Fr Mars P Tan, SJ