| Wani Roslan |
THE International Conference on Teachers Education 2014 (ICOTE 2014) was officially launched yesterday at The Empire Hotel & Country Club, this year carrying the theme ‘Teachers Education in Islamic Perspectives.’
Held in conjunction with the fourth convocation of Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB), the conference was organised by the Consortium of Asia-Pacific Education Universities (CAPEU) and hosted by KUPU SB.
Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman was the guest of honour at the event, which opened with recitation of the Holy Al-Quran by Ustaz Haji Manan bin Haji Osmon, and was followed by welcoming remarks delivered by KUPU SB Ra’es Ustazah Dr Hajah Masnon binti Haji Ibrahim.
Ustazah Dr Hajah Masnon highlighted that the conference is important as depicts KUPU SB’s support of CAPEU, which aims to embody changes and innovation in education, teachers training and research services at universities across Asia-Pacific in general, and KUPU SB in particular – as the university that focuses specifically on Islamic education.
The event continued with a speech by President of CAPEU, Professor Dato’ Zakaria Kasa, Vice Chancellor of Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI), in which he noted the theme of the conference is in line with the development of teachers education globally, which shifts based on the changes in facing the 21st Century.
“Students today are different in terms of culture, value and their actions. This is consistent with the vast knowledge and development of technology, especially faster communication technology,” he added.
The use of communication technology in online-teaching and learning is becoming increasingly popular among the teachers and students of the 21st Century. These methods, which include Gamification, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and others that use such technology – will be popular in the future, he explained.
“The question is whether Teachers Education is well-prepared to deal with the changes that will occur, especially on future classroom in respect of future generation. This includes teaching and learning of religion in schools at that time,” he said.
The ceremony continued with a speech by the guest of honour, a keynote address by Deputy Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail and a recitation of Doa Selamat by Pengiran Haji Mahmud bin Pengiran Haji Othman, Imam of KUPU SB.
Over a hundred local and international participants are attending the conference and 73 presenters will deliver working papers. This includes the premiere paper and five main papers.
Among the objectives of the conference are to explore the current development of Teachers Education in the Asia-Pacific region and to provide a platform for discussion between academics and relevant stakeholders in addressing challenges of Teachers Education.
It also aims to explore the potential for cooperation and future collaborations in research and development in Teachers Education among universities and at the same time share best practices.