This refers to the Korea-Philippines Teacher Exchange Programme (KPTEP), which was launched in 2012 in line with the Asia-Pacific teacher exchange (APTE) for Global Education and on the basis of the Cultural Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Korea entered into force on April 27, 1973.
With globalization, there is a growing need for educational initiatives to capacitate the next generation to be fully functional global citizens. As the number of students with diverse cultural backgrounds enrolled in primary and secondary schools in Korea and many other multicultural societies in Asia-Pacific is constantly increasing, measures that could effectively respond to these changes in education environments are also in urgent need. Recalling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Targets 4.7 and 4.c, the role of qualified teachers is critical to respond to such initiatives and teacher training through international cooperation is considered an effective way to raise the teachers’ global competence.
Against this backdrop, the Korean Ministry of Education (hereinafter MOE Korea) and the Asia-Pacific Centre for International Understanding under the auspices between Korea-Mongolia and Korea-Philippines in 2012 with the aim of implementing APTE. Partner countries widened to Indonesia in 2013, Malaysia in 2014, Viet Nam in 2015, Thailand in 2016, and Cambodia in 2017. This program also contributes to the SDGs targets 4.7 and 4.c, which urge the global community of teachers’ quality through international cooperation so as to strengthen teachers’ global competency.
In this regard, regional and school offices are requested to nominate teacher-participants who will join the next cycle o the KPTP. Selected teachers will be deployed in selected schools from April 2020 to July 2020.
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