The Waste Hero: Reduce to Zero Master Teacher Training Sessions for Filipino and Indonesian teachers were conducted virtually on 22 and 23 July 2023 with over 900 teachers joining in Zoom and YouTube live stream.
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability (SEAMEO SEPS) has partnered with Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, a global sustainable chemical company, to organise the Waste Hero: Reduce to Zero Master Techer Training in Southeast Asia. The programme is supported by UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Bangkok, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat), Yunus Thailand Foundation, Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN), SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMEO SEAMOLEC, Indonesia), SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM, Malaysia), and SEAMEO Regional Centre for Technical Education Development (SEAMEO TED, Cambodia).
With this joint effort, the Master Teacher Training Sessions attracted 581 Filipino teachers and
415 Indonesian teachers pre-registered to participate in the training sessions. The live online training sessions were participated by 335 teachers and over 603 views in YouTube live stream.
The Waste Hero: Reduce to Zero Master Teacher Training Sessions aimed to empower and enrich teachers’ understanding about waste management and circular economy so they can create lesson plans, apply the Waste Hero Educational Resources to the classroom activities and co-curriculum programmes, and encourage the students to take active actions in saving environment. The Master Teacher Training was arranged for 2 sessions: (1) for primary school teachers and (2) for secondary school teachers. Each training session took 3 hours with practical knowledge on waste management and classroom activities.
Ms Duriya Amatavivat, Centre Director of SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability (SEAMEO SEPS), gave the opening message to the participants. This was followed by an overview of Waste Hero Educational Resources and SEAMEO SEPS Waste Hero Development Co-Campaign.
The lively training sessions were conducted by trainers and specialists from the Ministry of Education, Thailand, namely, Ms Pornpimon Tangsakul, Ms Supawan Chumi, Mr Suthon Promlee, Mr Anuwat Kaewma, Mrs Tirada Chysiya, and Mr Kittipon Tammahon.
The trainers guided participating teachers through the 19 free Waste Hero lesson packages; showed key aspects of waste management and circular economy; and walked through the lessons with participants so they will be able to design and prepare Waste Hero lesson activities that fully engage their students.
The training sessions drew to a close with a special message from Mr Colm Jordan, Global Head of Advocacy and Education, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL).
To measure the effectiveness of the training sessions and follow-up the implementation of Waste Hero education resources, participating teachers are required to submit a post-training report by the end of September 2023. Further sessions for teachers from Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia will be arranged consecutively in September 2023.
Waste Hero: Reduce to Zero is a global education program which aims to educate 1 million students by 2030 on the fundamentals of recycling, creating zero waste, and building the circular economy. The lessons are designed to be engaging and fun, but also action-oriented for young learners to apply the principals of the circular economy in both the classroom and in their community. The Waste Hero consists of 19 free lesson plans and workshops for K-12 and university level students. The program is designed to be flexible and responsive to the evolving needs of any classroom and lesson plans are editable and customisable to meet the different individual learning contexts. (https://wasteheroeducation.com/)
More information: https://www.seameo-seps.org/services-5
Philippines - Kindergarten and Primary Education Level, 22 July 2023, 09.00-12.00 hrs (GMT+8)
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Philippines - Secondary or High School Education Level, 22 July 2023, 13.00-16.00 hrs (GMT+8)
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Indonesia - Kindergarten and Primary Education Level, 23 July 2023, 09.00-12.00 hrs (GMT+7)
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Indonesia - Secondary/High School and Vocational & Technical Education Level, 23 July 2023, 13.00-16.00 hrs (GMT+7)
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