SEADSTEM - The Southeast Asian Digital STEM Platform adheres to a philosophy grounded first and foremost in the solution of problems from a multi-faceted and inter-disciplinary perspective to prepare young people for the challenges of the 21st century.
21st Century Skills
21st Century Skills is the term for an international concept that encompasses skills and learning dispositions considered necessary by educators, business leaders, academics, and government agencies for success in a rapidly changing digital society. Many of these skills are linked to analytical thinking, complex problem solving, and teamwork. These skills differ from traditional academic skills in that they are not primarily based on knowledge acquisition, but also include working with others, analyzing, presenting, and sharing learned knowledge.
STEM-enabled students are able to identify, apply, and integrate different concepts, understand complex problems, and develop innovative solutions to solve these problems.
An integral part of the 21st Century Skills concept is the notion of STEM as an interdisciplinary educational approach. It does not just cater to the science, technology, engineering, or math aspects of a student’s education. A well-thought out STEM-based approach to education includes the integration of all subject matter that may be brought to bear on problems, such as the environmental, social, regulatory, political, and economic aspects.
ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) places a special focus on the development of 21st Century Skills in the region, which are mentioned by many of the local education authorities as a strategic goal in the national education policy blueprint. Despite different educational structures, member states share a common vision: to strengthen the competitiveness of member countries through education. The integrative STEM approach plays a key role in this, because it teaches exactly those skills that are crucial for 21st Century Skills: critical thinking, communication, teamwork and creativity.
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with 157 institutes in 98 countries worldwide.
The Goethe-Institut promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. It conveys a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in the nation. The cultural and educational programs encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility. With the network of institutes, Goethe Centers, cultural societies, and language learning centers, the Goethe-Institut has been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. The long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. The Goethe-Institut is a partner for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.www.goethe.de
The SEAMEO Regional Centre for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (SEAMEO STEM-ED) is one of SEAMEO regional centers hosted by the Government of Thailand.
The role of the SEAMEO STEM-ED center is to develop and strengthen the potential of STEM education in Southeast Asia. It is a regional knowledge development and dissemination center with research on quality education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Thailand and member countries. The mission of SEAMEO STEM-ED is in line with the national and regional policies of promoting STEM education and to develop quality resources. It will not only set up policies to improve STEM education, but it will also be the center for information and experience sharing among the member countries and education experts.www.seameo.org
The SEAMEO Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) is one of the SEAMEO regional centers hosted by the Government of the Philippines.
SEAMEO INNOTECH is principally dedicated to identifying common and unique education problems and needs of Southeast Asian countries and developing innovative and technology-based solutions to address these problems. The Center aids in educational development within and outside the region through training and human resource development, research and evaluation, information and communications technology and other special programs addressing specific areas of concern in the Southeast Asian educational scenario. The center provides innovative and technology-oriented learning services and research-based solutions to enable the education community in Southeast Asia to effectively respond to current and emerging needs and concerns.www.seameo-innotech.org