ASEAN ICT enthusiasts convene in Bangkok

PANEL OF EXPERTS. Seated from Left to Right: Mr. Tawatchai Suksida (Dhurakij Pundit University); Miss Ana Clarissa Navarro (Philippines); Dir. Zin Mr OO (Myanmar); Mrs. Dian Wisdianawati (Indonesia); Participant from Phitsanulok Vocational College; Ms. Martha S. (Indonesia); Dr. Kalinga Seneviratne (Singapore) and Mr. Jeff Laflamme (Cambodia) :Standing: Organizers and Facilitators from STOU.

The Communication Arts for ASEAN, an International Graduate Program of Sukothai Thammathirat Open University recently organized the ‘SMART ASEAN via SMART LEARNING HUB Regional Academic Seminar and Workshop’ on February 7-8, 2017 at Sukothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU), Bangkok, Thailand.

The two-day symposium aimed to mobilize all the ASEAN Studies Centers all over Thailand to top up Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in promoting ASEAN studies among Thai learners.

“There is a need to utilize the Information Technology (IT) because of its enormous coverage,” said Associate Professor Dr. Kamolrat Intaratat, the Chairperson of the Communication for ASEAN Program of STOU. “The system of education these days has evolved and there is a need for us to collaborate and cooperate with one another not only all over Thailand but the entire ASEAN region as a whole,” she further stated.

The participants of the two-day symposium were teachers and school administrators of the different Ministry of Education identified ASEAN studies centers all over the country.

In December 2015, the Ministry of Education has established around 500 ASEAN studies centers across Thailand to motivate students to improve their English skills, and promote knowledge and information exchange between Thailand and the neighboring ASEAN countries.

Keynote Speakers

The Keynote Speakers include Dr. Ng Khar Thoe, a Malaysian expert who represented the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM); Associate Professor Dr. Tang Siew Fun from Taylor’s University, Malaysia who talked about Integrated Teaching and Lifelong Learning Centre at Taylor’s; and Senior Educator, Dr. Mullawee Rochefolle from Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission who discussed about the Spirit of ASEAN Program.

Topics that were discussed during the panel showcase include various SMART Learning Hubs from the different ASEAN countries – Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines.

Philippine representative


Representing the Philippines in the said symposium was Miss Ana Clarissa Navarro who provided the participants a comprehensive model of an ideal learning hub that could be adopted for an ASEAN online learning center.

Navarro is a Board Member and Head for ICT Initiatives of the Parañaque Development Foundation, Inc. (PDFI) in Parañaque, Philippines and has served as the consultant and project manager for learning and performance of the Tech4ED Project of the Department of Information and Communications Technology Office (DICT) in the country.

She also worked as international consultant for the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM) and Asia-Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN), Thailand where she helped in the promotion of Local Tourism and Local Products through Thai Telecentres.

Navarro has also worked on the ASEAN Community eClassroom, where she was commissioned to search for online contents to develop the 10 courses of the eClassroom as well as develop the English class content.

“Your SMART Learning Hub will only be successful if you provide quality services that are needed by your target audience,” Navarro stressed.

SELFIE TIME. Aside from Navarro who represented Philippines in the panel of experts, two other Filipinos were included in the list of participants – the author (Phitsanulok Pittayakom School) and the guy in white – Mr. Jovito Cadigal (Thammasat University Primary Demonstration School).

Sukothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) hosted the event in partnership with The Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), ASEAN Association of Universities (AAOU) and other international and national institutions.

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.