EIN Newsletter - October 2023

News and Updates from EIN

EIN October 2023 Newsletter

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Welcome New Members 🎉

We're thrilled to welcome the newest members to our network. Let's make them feel at home and explore collaborations!

Will Kirkby

Will Kirkby has over a decade of experience managing and delivering educational and cultural projects that help bridge the gap between the East and West. Will has developed and executed a range of programmes, events, and initiatives that have fostered better collaboration, understanding, and exchange.

In previous project management roles, he has worked in international student recruitment, R&D, marketing campaigns, and on several publications directly impacting a range of curriculums. Will is passionate about access to education, cultural exchange, and languages and speaks Mandarin Chinese after living in China for eight years.

Leo Fernekes

Leo Fernekes, an accomplished engineer and technology entrepreneur, holds over 15 patents to his name. Throughout his career, he has founded several companies and contributed to the development of various products and technologies. Currently, Leo has shifted his focus towards creating educational products and tools to support children’s learning in the fields of science and technology. His dedication to innovation and education remains a steady force in shaping the future.

Frank Kittipong

Frank Kittipong, an entrepreneur and media personality, is a voice-over artist heard worldwide. On Fridays, you can catch him as a Thai translator/presenter for One Championship, broadcast worldwide. He co-founded Playative to promote the love of science through STEM kits with online educational content.

Tyler Eisen

Hey folks! I’m based here in Bangkok. Just graduated from a full stack web development course and looking to network/integrate my coding skills with my experience as an educator.

News in the Education Industry 📚

Catch up with the latest happenings and trends in the education industry across Asia.

Date: 25 September 2023
Summary: The SEAMEO Secretariat shared updates on the "Waste Hero Education in Southeast Asia" and the "5th International Conference on Special Education 2023 and 1st Innovation".

  • The Waste Hero Education initiative is likely to focus on sustainability and environmental education.

  • The International Conference on Special Education and Innovation could bring new methodologies and technologies to the forefront of special education in Southeast Asia.

Date: 19 September 2023
Summary: ISEAS Library collates articles relevant to Southeast Asia and special topics, providing a daily news alert.

  • The ISEAS Library could be a valuable resource for ongoing updates and insights into the Southeast Asian region.

  • The platform might cover various topics, including education, that could be relevant to stakeholders in the industry.

Date: 28 September 2023
Summary: Indonesia and Thailand are emerging as significant stakeholders in the automotive industry in Southeast Asia.

  • The growth of the automotive industry in Indonesia and Thailand might open new opportunities for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in these countries.

  • Collaboration between the education sector and the automotive industry could be explored for curriculum development and skill training.

Date: 20 September 2023
Summary: A report by the World Bank emphasizes the importance of investing in teachers and enhancing the quality of education, especially in rural and impoverished areas, across 22 middle-income East Asia and Pacific countries.

  • Addressing learning poverty is pivotal for the economic prospects of the region.

  • Strengthening teachers' capabilities and providing effective training programs are recommended.

  • Educational technology (EdTech) can transform teaching and learning if complemented with adequately trained teachers.

Date: 5 September 2023
Summary: Unions, notably the Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union (KTU) and the Japan Teachers’ Union (JTU), are advancing peace education in East Asia, focusing on democracy and aiming to foster a brighter future through educational endeavors.

  • Peace education is being prioritized, with unions playing a pivotal role.

  • Collaborations between different countries’ unions, such as the KTU and JTU, may lead to shared educational goals and strategies in the region.

  • The initiative might influence educational policies and curricula in participating countries.

Date: 13 September 2023
Summary: China's Education Ministry is set to impose fines on unlicensed tutoring services as it aims to regulate the after-school industry and foster a conducive learning environment.

  • The crackdown on unlicensed tutoring services indicates a stringent regulatory environment for the education sector in China.

  • The policy could impact the operations and profitability of private tutoring businesses.

  • It reflects the government’s intent to alleviate academic pressure on students and address disparities in educational access and outcomes.

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