The interconnection of STEM with the Sustainable Development Goals is a powerful formula for developing the 21st-century skills that are critical in today's global landscape

By integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), learners are not only introduced to the complexities of global challenges, but also equipped with the tools and methodologies to think critically, solve complex problems, and innovate for sustainable solutions.

SEADSTEM - The Southeast Asian Digital STEM Platform, a project by the Goethe-Institut in Southeast Asia, provides open educational resources in English, Burmese, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese to support science teachers in the region in implementing project-based STEM activities. This method encourages active learning and engagement, where students apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, fostering a deeper understanding of the subjects and their relevance to the SDGs.

STEM is given high priority in the national education policies and strategies in all ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries. By making these materials freely accessible online in five languages of Southeast Asia, SEADSTEM aims to remove language barriers and ensure that any and all interested educators are well-equipped to inspire and prepare the next generation of changemakers and to support teachers in meeting the STEM strategies of their respective Ministries of Education.

This approach prepares young individuals to become proactive contributors to society, capable of making informed decisions and driving positive change

21st-century skills

The integration of STEM education and the development of 21st-century skills are pivotal in the education policies and strategies of ASEAN countries. Teachers play a crucial role in this paradigm, acting as facilitators who guide students through project-based learning and real-world applications of STEM. Their ability to adapt and embrace new teaching methodologies is essential for inspiring and engaging students.

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