Greetings from Chairman Krissanapong Kirtikara, for DepEd’s 122nd Anniversary
The 2019 Princess Maha Chakri Awardee from Timor-Leste Enrolls in Distance Learning to Help Students Learning from Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected global education system, leading to temporary school closures in 191 countries worldwide. It is estimated that 90% of learners or 1.5 billion students worldwide are affected from the pandemic. Therefore, Timor-Leste, which is an island at the southern end Southeast Asia, is very precautious about the outbreak of the COVID-19, even there is relatively low numbers of reported cases and no death in the country. The Ministry of Education of Timor-Leste has ordered school closure and social distancing policies, and supported distance learnings to encourage teachers and educational personnel to work from home, and students to learn from home.
The 2019 Princess Maha Chakri Award recipient from Timor-Leste, Ms. Lourdes Rangel Goncalves has played an important role to support and inspire distance learning during the spread of COVID-19 for both teachers and students in Timor-Leste. Ms. Goncalves or Mama Lou is a teacher at Matata Primary School, Fillia, Ermera municipality. Her students usually travel approximately 1 -3 kilometers in the mountainous landscape to the school. During the school closure and lockdown, students attend the distance learning to learn from home.
Ms. Goncalves addressed that the temporary school closure order is vital to limit the spreading of COVID-19, and results in teachers’ adaptations to their teaching styles. In the normal time, the school is a part of Child-Friendly Schools program by UNICEF. Therefore, teachers aim to create inclusive learning opportunities for the students by working closely with students and their parents. During the crisis, working inclusively with families and communities is even more important to create meaningful home learnings that the students are in charge of their learning while parents can monitor and support their learning through various means of communications, for instance, newsletters, televisions, telephones and school and community public relations. This demands efforts from the school principal, teachers and parents to learn and support each other.
The 2019 Princess Maha Chakri Award recipient from Timor-Leste, Ms. Lourdes Rangel Goncalves.
Photo: Ms. Lourdes Rangel Goncalves.
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The Princess Maha Chakri Award (PMCA) gave a funding support to help Bajao community in Cotabato City, Mindanao, the Republic of the Philippines.
After the Award is given to Mr. Sadat Minandang, a teacher from Amirol Elementary School, Cotabato City Mindanao Bangkok in October 2019 by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Princess Maha Chakri Award (PMCA) Foundation of Thailand continues to support Mr. Sadat to scale up his project in bringing knowledge to Bajao Community, Cotabato children and villagers by providing funding of 188,000 Peso for TulaKaalaman (Push Knowledge), a push cart in a boat project and a Sustainability Livelihood Project for Parents (Mat Weaving and Fishing).
The funding presentation took place at the Royal Thai Embassy in Manila on
9 January 2020 by H.E. Vasin Ruangprateepsaeng, Ambassador of Thailand to the Philippines, with attendance from the representative from Department of Education of the Philippines.
The PMCA Foundation in collaboration with the Royal Thai Embassy and
the Department of Education of the Philippines will provide technical assistance to Mr. Sadat on the project. The project is in line with HRH’s intention to help the disadvantage groups/children in the remote areas in Southeast Asia.
The Push Cart Knowledge Boat will bring 5 advocacies content (Alternative Delivery Mode, Education in Emergency, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Child Projection and Feeding Activity to to the communities of disadvantage groups in Bajao Community, Cotabato City. The project will be implemented with the support from the Barangay Local Government Unit, Office of Social Welfare Department Services, the Alternative Delivery Mode of Schools Division of Cotabato City and the Department of Education, Region 12.
The Princess Maha Chakri Award, an award given to outstanding teachers of 11 Countries in Southeast Asia (ASEAN+Timor Leste) who have made significant impact to students’ lives. The PMCA was set up in 2015 on the auspicious occasion of
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th Birthday Anniversary to recognize HRH’s contribution, commitment and devotion to teachers and education, particularly the disadvantage groups in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
The Award is given every two years since 2015.
Since 2015 there were three outstanding teachers from the Philippines, who received the Award. These teachers are (1) Mr. William Moraca, PMCA 2015 from Datal Salvan Elementary School in San Jose, General Santos City (2) Dr. Jesus Cathigan Insilada, PMCA 2017, Principal of Caninguan National High School, lloilo City and (3) Mr. Sadat B. Minandang, PMCA 2019 at the Amirol Elementary School, Cotabato City.
The unique and most important aspect of the Award is the activities after receiving the Award, which will enable these PMCA recipients to expand their practices to improve themselves and help other teachers within their countries and beyond. The Award aims to promote excellent practices, inspire and serve as examples for teachers in Southeast Asia. The Award consists of a Golden PMCA Pin, a price of 10,000 USD and a PMCA Plaque.
For more information: www.pmca.or.th
17 October 2019 , 22nd Floor
Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok,
15 – 17 October 2019 World Ballroom 23rd Floor
Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
1PM ThaiPBS July,22 2019
Cambodia Mr. Virak Loy
1PM ThaiPBS August,14 2019
Vietnam Mr. Le Thanh Liem
PlikpomKhao ThaiPBS August, 23 2019
Myanmar Mr. Maung Kyaing
Singapore Mdm. Chan Xiuwen
NewRoom ThaiPBS August, 25 2019
1PM ThaiPBS September, 4 2019
Timor Leste Ms. Lurdes Rangel Goncalves
PlikpomKhao ThaiPBS August, 5 2019
Timor Leste Ms. Lurdes Rangel Goncalves
1PM ThaiPBS August,30 2019
Indonesia Mr. Rudi Haryadi
1PM ThaiPBS September,17 2019
Malaysia Mrs. K. A. Razhiyah
1PM ThaiPBS September, 30 2019
Brunai Durassalam Mrs. Hajah Noorliah began
PlikpomKhao ThaiPBS October, 7 2019
On the 23rd February 2018 is the 34th Brunei Darussalam National Day (‘Hari Nasional’ in Malay). It’s declared full independence from United Kingdom in 1984 (Hazair, Bandial and Bakar, 2018). More than 20,000 people have participated in grand parade at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali’ Saifuddien [Independence Square].
In Which, 2 of Princess Maha Chakri Award recipients, Madam Hajah Ratnawati Binti Haji Mohammad and Madam Lim Soh Ngo from Brunei Darussalam also participated in the event under the as representatives of excellent citizen who got award from other countries in the field of Education
The Kingdom of Thailand : Mr Jirat Jamsawang
The visionary teacher who pioneered using ICT and robotics innovation in education.
Having a great deal of passion toward the teaching profession since secondary school, Mr Jirat Jamsawang set his goal to become a teacher after graduation. Since 1980, he has been in the teaching profession for 36 years, 28 years of which at Suankularb Wittayalai Nonthaburi School in Nonthaburi Province where he currently works as an expert level teacher in Career and Technology.
He is a teacher with a broad vision who has pioneered the ICT curriculum since 1985 to expand student’s horizons to access the vast knowledge outside of textbooks. He introduced robotics technology, which would play an important role in the future world, to be a part of today’s learning. It enabled students to develop innovations that won both national and international competitions.
Mr Jirat was initially trained as a Physical Education teacher. The transition from teaching physical education to ICT was the result of his study visit to Japan 32 years ago. Observing the widely use of ICT in everyday life, even by farmers, he was inspired to incorporate ICT into education in Thailand, to stimulate considerably more learning among students. Therefore, he turned towards a continuous development of ICT knowledge to open the world of learning to students.
Within the ICT arena, he has developed instructional media and a learning process called “Digital Lesson,” which utilize benefits of the internet research. He also created a Cyber Lecture software to record images from the computer screen as a learning multimedia. Moreover, he developed a Peer Coaching Program for teachers to organize learning activities in class. He also served as a trainer for in-service teachers, as well as the planner for school utility management, utilizing the solar cells to save energy of the school by two-folds.
Mr Jirat is a giver of opportunities who love and care for his students. He turned the attention of students at risks of dropping towards learning by employing robotics technology to help them practice learning, discipline, patience, and teamwork. He is a devoted teacher who constantly spends his time and personal resources to support students activities off-hours.
“What enabled me to be a teacher until this day was the King Bhumibol’s Scholarship, which was a scholarship without any bond requirements nor obligations. Yet it is the scholarship that inspires the recipients to realize the merit and kindness of our nation. One must repay such kindness unendingly. Therefore, I vowed to be a good teacher and a diligent teacher in learning more to bring new knowledge to support and improve student development in all aspects until my energy runs out.”