The University of Cambodia hosted the final CONTESSA conference in Cambodia. Welcoming remarks were made by Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, the President of UC and Dr. Sam-Ang Sam, the Chancellor of PUC. Afterwards, Mr. Bryan Fornari, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation, discussed education and the importance of the cooperation between the EU and Cambodia. Project members including Prof. Meas Nearyroth (PUC), Dr. Angus D. Munro (UC), Dr. Thomas Köhler (TUD) and Mr. Orkhan Jalilov (TUD) discussed various aspects of the project such as the overview and development of the project and the joint efforts towards pedagogical professionalization. Members of the Ministry of Education and the Siem Reap Regional Teacher Education Center also spoke about the collaboration beyond just the partner universities.
Train-the-Trainer Workshops were held at the Siem Reap Regional Teacher Training College in Cambodia. The partnership was organized by colleagues at PUC and UC. We are very excited to have this college on board!
Enhancing Contemporary Teaching Skills to Address the Changing Role of Teachers as a Results of the Long-term Social Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic
Sandra Hummel and Manjula Vithanapathirana published a collaborative research paper titled ‘ Enhancing Contemporary Teaching Skills to Address the Changing Role of Teachers as a Results of the Long-term Social Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic’. The paper is a product of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka.
After much planning and determination, the Train-the-Trainer workshops were held in person in Cambodia and Sri Lanka. The TUD team together with our partners from PUC, UC, OUSL and UoC led the workshops in the CONTESSA smart classrooms. Teacher trainers from both countries were introduced to the CONTESSA modules and worked through interactive exercises on professional development, mentoring and cross-national perspectives.
Manjula Vithanapathirana disseminated the CONTESSA Modules as open educational resources for primary education teachers at the inaugural address of the Multidisciplinary International Conference (online) titled ‘Journey of Teacher Education Reform.’
Sandra Hummel presented the collaborative research paper with Manjula Vithanapathirana titled ‘ Enhancing Contemporary Teaching Skills to Address the Changing Role of Teachers as a Results of the Long-term Social Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic’.
Professor Rudolf Egger (Uni Graz) was a keynote speaker at the University of Colombo’s International Research Symposium online. He spoke about the connection between research, knowledge and communication and discussed the ongoing CONTESSA project and its role in interdisciplinary research in education.