Malaysia supports 144 developing countries under the framework of the South-South Cooperation since 1980 via the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP). In 1983, Japan started its Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) in Malaysia. Subsequently, Malaysia and Japan began to collaborate in 1992 to assist developing countries under the MTCP Recipient List within this TCTP arrangement. Meantime, upon the launch of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in 1993 by the Government of Japan, JICA streamlined its TCTP in line with the TICAD Initiative. In this regard, several sectors pertinent to national development of a country have been identified, inter-alia, primary Science and Mathematics education.

This training programme is entitled, “Fostering STEM Education to Promote Successful Learning in Science and Mathematics Classrooms”.

In this course, science/mathematics is intertwined with the other three disciplines. Various strategies such as inquiry-based learning model, problem-based learning, project-based learning and the engineering design approach will be discussed with relation to STEM approach. The inquiry-based learning model incorporates teaching science/mathematics through a process of exploring the world in a contextual manner. This creates a learning environment where learners ask questions, making predictions, making conjectures, discoveries, and generalization in the quest for new understandings. This approach helps make science/mathematics learning more appealing and enjoyable. Through an engineering design approach, learners get to learn and solve daily problems. These different strategies are vitally grounded in support of a meaningful learning that make sense. ICT applications can support STEM education by providing a platform to teach skills such as critical thinking, multitasking, strategizing, and problem solving. ICT embedded learning in STEM opens up the frontier to increase global awareness through collaboration with field experts and sharing best practices in the classrooms of others, support explorations with visual feedback on real world application of STEM concepts. Innovative forms of assessment will be integrated with appropriate teaching and learning to guide and chart the successful learning of science/mathematics.

The main objective of the course is to develop participants’ knowledge and skills in the teaching and learning of Science/Mathematics through the STEM approach.

The duration of the course is two (2) weeks for each course. It will be held from 18-29 October 2021.

Application is now open to teachers and educators from the following countries:

  1. Ethiopia
  2. Ghana
  3. Kenya
  4. Malawi
  5. Nigeria
  6. South Africa
  7. South Sudan
  8. Tanzania
  9. Uganda
  10. Zambia

Please download the General Information (GI) of the course for full details and application guidelines.

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