In partnership with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education (SEAMEO-VOCTECH), Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) conducted a regional program that advocates sustainable development in strengthening existing TVET systems. This was held from June 1-5, 2016 at the headquarters of the regional center located in Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan. The program was attended by 22 key officials and representatives from 12 CPSC member countries and one participant from the Technical Vocational Schools Association of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL), CPSC’s honorary member and partner organization.
The program aimed to integrate sustainable development (SD) goals into TVET programs, create opportunities to further improve the image of TVET for sustainability and enhance TVET capacity for sustainable development through ICT. The creation of a System Development Plan to meet the challenges of SD in TVET was expected to be a concrete output from the participants.
Furthermore, the delivery of the program followed a developmental learning approach, beginning with an introduction to the meaning of organizational excellence and its relation to accreditation; next were theme paper presentations on education for SD, accreditation of TVET institutions the APACC model and image building in TVET for sustainability, a strategy leading to a comprehensive understanding of SD; and finally a self-propelled learning approach through the preparation of a system development plan integrating the concept of SD into the TVET programs.
The program was supervised by Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Acting Director General of the Colombo Plan Staff College and Mr. Haji Md. Sharifuddin Haji Md Salleh, Centre Director of the SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre. It was co-coordinated by Prof. Romulita C. Alto, Ed.D, Faculty Consultant of CPSC and Dr. Paryono, Deputy Director for Professional Affairs of SEAMEO VOCTECH. Local expertise were provided by Dr. Marcelino Gapultos, Management Specialist of SEAMEO VOCTECH and Noorzainab Bt. Haji Abdulladi, SEAMEO VOCTECH’s Deputy Director for Administration of Training & Professional Development.