/ 15 June 2023

VICE President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte visited Brunei in her capacity as president of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Council to assess the learning strategies of that country.

Duterte was elected SEAMEO head last February. She is expected to visit education institutions in all member-countries within her two-year term, and learn from the best practices and initiatives implemented by schools.

Duterte visited the Sekolah Rendah Pusar Ulak and Seri Mulia Sarjana International School accompanied by school principals, officials from Brunei Ministry of Education, and SEAMEO Secretariat Director Datuk Dr. Habibah.

Sekolah Rendah Pusar Ulak is a public basic education school where the Vice President observed a cultural presentation.

At the Seri Mulia Sarjana International School, Duterte was introduced to different learning methods and interventions like the Learning Development Center, the Student Support Unit, and the ICT exhibit introducing the concepts of programming, digital technology, and virtual reality in basic education.

She visited the SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre and was presented with the facility’s accomplishments including its professional development, research and development, and knowledge management efforts to equip trainers with necessary competencies.

The highlight of the visit was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the SEAMEO VOCTECH and the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and SEAMEO VOCTECH and the Philippine Normal University as training and research partners.

Duterte led the launching of the SEAMEO VOCTECH website and led a tree planting activity, a practice undertaken by SEAMEO council president during a visit.