It was initiated by Institute of Teacher Education, International Languages Campus, also known as Institut Pendidikan Guru, Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa or IPGKBA, located at Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under its banner program, “International Learning Community MTCP Alumni: ‘Leveraging Digital Literacy in Education’ Online.
IPGKBA was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Policy and External Affairs Department, Ministry of Education Malaysia as a specialized training center for developing countries.
In a press release, the IPGKBA stated that it has developed various modules for special programs like Bangsamoro special groups involving educators and education management groups from Southern Philippines.
The program began in 2018 and was postponed in 2020 due to the Covid19 pandemic.
“The lecturers from IPKGBA have taken a proactive action by organizing online training and knowledge sharing programs specifically to assist teachers on the latest pedagogy including digital use in education in 21st century pedagogical practice as well as Industrial Revolution 4.0,” Mr Aliyas Bin Said, the Director of IPGKBA said.
According to IPKGBA, the direct involvement of the MTCP Alumni as facilitators has been a source of inspiration for other alumni to actively engage in knowledge sharing and to form network of educational partnerships among fellow MTCP Alumni.
IPKGBA viewed the online program involving the group of teachers from the Bangamoro as the institute’s contribution to the Bangsamoro people for the dedication shown by the teachers in improving their self-esteem.
Since 2001, IPKGBA has been conducting MTCP courses. To date a total of 68 courses has been conducted for more than 1,000 participants from various MTCP participating countries.
The participating Bangsamoro educators are MPTCP alumni from different regions of Mindanao and the island provinces of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Madam Ooi Choon Meng, one of IPGKBA lecturers, facilitated the e-workshops entitled Working Collaboratively via Google Drive/Docs/Slides, Quizzes via Google Forms, Creating e-Books, and How to Create & Share Google Docs/Slides.
Lecturers included MTCP alumni Adjoumani Kousassi, a teacher from Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa who handled the topic “Using Google Classroom in Remote Teaching” and Professor Samson Khabib from Surabaya, Indonesia, who discussed “Using Canvas Instructure LMS in Virtual Learning.”
Other MTCP alumni Hja Jahara Ladjaalam from Zamboanga City, Suparmi from Malang, Indonesia, and Dr. Siyaswati, M, Pd, also acted as moderators in the respective e-workshop sessions.
Bangsamoro educators are looking forward for more e-workshops that could assist teachers on virtual teaching.