Brunei second runner-up in Global Microsoft Tech for Good Challenge

Izah Azahari

A teacher from Chung Hwa Middle School, Bandar Seri Begawan (CHMS BSB) and her team recently finished as the second runner-up in the Digital Citizenship category under Tech for Good Global Challenge, organised by Microsoft.

The team comprised Gladys Valdez Concepcion, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), along with two other MIEES, their students and an Education Evangelist Training Consultant from India.

The results were announced on March 24, the third and last day of the live Digital E2 Education Exchange.

The team’s project, ECHO (Edifying Cyberspace Harassment Outreach), was chosen to be among the top 18 out of 440 projects submitted worldwide.

Microsoft invited educators and leaders from around the world to virtually connect with other changemakers, in addition to collaborating on education solutions and celebrating their successes at the seventh annual E2 | Education Exchange.

The winners of the competition. PHOTO: CHMS

The three-day event, which started on March 22, highlighted a few of the virtual sessions that focussed on social-emotional learning to science, technology, engineering and maths education.

The E2 | Education Exchange is Microsoft in Education’s annual event that recognises and celebrates the achievements of educators who combine content, pedagogy and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success.

CHMS BSB Principal Kho Guik Lan expressed her delight at the first global award for the school and Brunei as a whole, since the Microsoft E2 programme was introduced in 2018.

“Technology plays an enormous role in transforming and improving the education systems. Most schools in the world now have adopted teaching and learning via technology, as many teachers are well-equipped and readily progressing towards 21st Century skills for students,” she said.

“As a Microsoft Showcase School, we hope to see more MIE Experts and teachers benefitting from Microsoft’s programme, and creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that will inspire lifelong learning,” she added.

Assistant Principal Tan Been Tiem, who is also an MIEE, said, “The teachers provide insight into new tools for education and exchange the best practices as they work together, especially in their own departments, to promote innovation in teaching and learning.”