Over 600 to participate in teachers convention

Azlan Othman

The Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) will play host to the 35th ASEAN Council of Teachers Convention (The 15th ACT+1 Convention) from September 27-29.

Over 600 present and former teachers from seven ASEAN member nations plus Korea will convene in the Sultanate. In addition, 200 local participants will participate in the annual gathering. The opening ceremony will take place on September 28.

This was revealed by the Secretary-General of PGGMB Haji Matassan bin Haji Bungso at a media briefing yesterday. Chairman for Information Division of PGGMB Haji Yahya bin Haji Mirassan was also present.

Haji Metassan said the event will be held at Parkview Hotel, Jerudong. More than 600 delegates will participate in the convention, representing the ACT+1 member countries including Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

This is the fifth time PGGMB is hosting the convention since 1985 with the latest in 2012. This year’s convention also marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of PGGMB and the 40th anniversary of the formation the ASEAN Council of Teachers. PGGMB is the oldest teachers association in this region.

The meeting is also being held in conjunction with the 29th National Teacher’s Day celebration. The 35th ACT+1 Convention carries the theme ‘Reducing Regional Educational Gap: Mobility of ASEAN Teachers’, focussing on efforts to reduce educational gap among ASEAN teachers through educational activities, opportunities and cross-cultural competence and cooperation.

Secretary-General of the Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) Haji Matassan bin Haji Bungso speaks during the briefing. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

The ACT+ 1 Convention aims to address challenges by stimulating discussion and sharing of experiences and best practices among the participants.

The convention will see presentations of a keynote paper and country reports from participating member countries.

Brunei’s working papers will be presented by senior lecturers from Universiti Brunei Darussalam and officers from the Ministry of Education.

The foreign delegates will also tour schools and visit places of interest in the country.

Meanwhile, PGGMB will also host the 18th Regional Malay Teachers Meet (PGN) Seminar at the StarLodge, Jerudong from September 25-26.

PGN member countries – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore – will participate in the seminar, bringing together over 60 participants. The programme will include the presentation of a keynote papers, plenary papers and workshops.

Themed Pendidikan Global Pertahan Jati Diri Bangsa, the seminar aims to unite teachers from the four member countries to exchange ideas and views on the use of Malay Language and establish a collaborative efforts among teachers’ organisations.

PGGMB said enrolment is still open where for ACT+1, the fee is BND30 and BND20 for PGN.

Application forms are available at the PGGMB building in the capital.