SEAMEO INNOTECH: A worthwhile journey with unforgettable experiences

SEAMEO INNOTECH: A worthwhile journey with unforgettable experiences

Sivika Mektavatchaikul

Built on its solid foundation, INNOTECH has continued to grow and make remarkable contributions to the nourishment of educational solution providers to achieve sustainable development in the region and beyond. I am so grateful to have been a small part of the Center’s journey to success. 

 

A decade has passed since I began working closely with SEAMEO INNOTECH, but the bond of friendship remains fresh in my mind. My first involvement with INNOTECH was while I was fulfilling my duties as the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education of Thailand. In joining hands with INNOTECH, Thailand has already benefited from a range of activities to improve capacity among our school administrators and teachers. One instance is the transfer of the SEAMEO INNOTECH Instructional and Curricular Excellence in School Leadership for Southeast Asia or ICeXCELS technology, designed to enhance school leadership and management competencies among school administrators to the International Institute for the Development of Education Administrators (IIDEA). In addition, Thailand also benefited from the SEAMEO-IIDEA Capacity Building Programme for 21st Century Educational Leaders, held in Thailand from July 15-19, 2010.  

As I think about my time interacting with INNOTECH, my most memorable and unforgettable experience was when I served as one of the Governing Board Members and the Chair of the 52nd and 53rd Governing Board Meetings. During my tenure, it was the most pleasant and amazing experience to work with my fellow board members on SEAMEO INNOTECH programs and services. The Governing Board consisted of participants from different member countries with their own set of unique expertise and experiences.  

One of the major highlights I experienced was at the 52nd Governing Board Meeting (GBM) in 2009. At that meeting I witnessed some major accomplishments of the Center to overcome obstacles and perform its leading role in the various areas of education and innovation. We formulated the Eighth FiveYear Plan to confirm the Center’s crucial role in providing education development in the region and the developing world. In the following year 2010, as the Chair of GBM, I was invited to preside over the Opening Ceremony of the Education Development Center (EDC) – SEAMEO INOTECH Partnerships. The forum consisted of representatives from many agencies, organizations and institutions that pooled together their ideas and experiences to identify, anticipate and explore future possibilities.  

The growth of INNOTECH was celebrated as an innovator of educational solution providers in Southeast Asia at the 40th year anniversary celebration, which was held in conjunction with the 53rd Governing Board Meeting in 2010. This success would not have been possible without the excellent leadership shown by Dr. Erlinda Pefianco, the former Director of INNOTECH and her staff. She guided the Center to many innovative partnerships, both within and outside the region, which led to the development of a variety of excellent knowledge products and services.  

I would also like to commend Dr. Ramon C. Bacani, the present Director, who has always devoted and shown his able leadership to lead SEAMEO INNOTECH’s family along the way to enormous success in providing innovative and technology-oriented learning services and research-based solutions to countries in Southeast Asia.   

How time flies. It is now 2020 and SEAMEO INNOTECH is currently celebrating its golden anniversary. Looking back over the past decade, SEAMEO INNOTECH deserves a big round of applause for all its hard work and dedication. The Center has a distinguished past as a leader in the provision of education development solutions in Southeast Asia. Built on its solid foundation, INNOTECH has continued to grow and make remarkable contributions to the nourishment of educational solution providers to achieve sustainable development in the region and beyond. I am so grateful to have been a small part of the Center’s journey to success.  

As my final few thoughts, I look forward to witnessing the continuous achievement of the Center as it continues along its journey and vision of helping to create a better future for every learner in Southeast Asia. In the next decade, I will be eagerly waiting to see the further accomplishments of the Center which will enable the education community in Southeast Asia to effectively respond to their current and emerging needs and concerns. Congratulations once again to INNOTECH for reaching this extraordinary milestone of 50 years in operation.    

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