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Policy Talk on “Teaching and Learning during COVID-19 Pandemic: School Responses and Student Experiences”
  • Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
  • Time: 10:00 am > 11:40 am
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  • Location: Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Asia Foundation and Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) are co-organizing a Policy Talk on “Teaching and Learning during COVID-19 Pandemic: School Responses and Student Experiences” on Tuesday, 29 September 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. via Zoom.

About the Talk

This policy talk centers around the responses to the pandemic taken by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and educational establishments and student experiences with online learning. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia closed all educational establishments on 16th March 2020. During this temporary school closures, all teaching and learning can only be done from distance or online. After a semester of school closure, it is time to revisit the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning and response efforts taken by all stakeholders involved. To what extent are schools and universities and students prepared to shift to the new mode of teaching and learning? How have schools and universities responded to the constraints posed by the pandemic? And what do we learn from the response efforts and student experiences with the new learning  environment?

The guest speakers in this talk include:

  • Dr. Bo Chankoulika, Head of Department of Policy, Directorate General for Policy and Planning, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport;
  • Mr. Hean Samboeun, Vice President, National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT (NIPTICT);
  • Dr. Song Sopheak, Director of Center for Educational Research and Innovation, CDRI; and
  • Dr. Eng Netra, Research Director, CDRI, will be the moderator.

About the Panelist

Dr. Bo Chankoulika: Dr. Bo Chankoulika is director of Policy Department, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), researcher and casual lecturer at the Royal University of Law and Economics. She earned her PhD in Education from Flinders University in 2017, her Master in Social Law specialized in Labor Law from University of Lumière Lyon II, France in 2004 and her Master in Educational and Financial Planning from Norton University, Cambodia in 2011. As director, she has led and managed educational researches to inform policy and decision making, policy development process and policy monitoring and evaluation. She has led and managed CAMBODIAN EDUCATION REVIEW (CER), a journal run the MoEYS. Before joining the MoEYS, she was freelance researcher, who conducted several research for reputed organizations such as ADB, Czech Development Agency. She also provided legal advisory services to multinational firms and organizations with regards doing business in accordance with the law of Cambodia. Her research expertise is in the field of education policy, public policy, public administration and governance, education for development, politics and law.

Mr. Hean SambooeunMr. Hean Samboeun is Vice President of the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT (NIPTICT), MPTC, He leads the Education and Training Programs for Digital Talent. Areas of strengthens include Artificial Intelligent System, Data Privacy and Security, E-Learning Models (Flipped and Blended Learning), Strategic Partnership Development, and Project Management. He has worked as Director of E-Learning Center for Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), who has promoted online model in Higher Education since 2012 and provided to more than 5K+ students in seven (7) years. During that time, he has managed and designed some projects, which are related to Education Development and Cooperate Social Responsibility.

Dr. Song SopheakDr. Song Sopheak is Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, CDRI. He obtained a PhD in Education and Human Science from the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University, Japan. Before returning to his home country to work at CDRI in October 2016, he undertook post-doctoral research at the Global Career Design of Hiroshima University. His research has focused on academic achievement, classroom teaching, teacher education, STEM education, and university-industry linkages. He is currently leading a 3.5-year research project on TVET with a focus on workface development and employer engagement. He has published articles on education in various peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Eng Netra: Dr. Eng Netra joined CDRI in 2003 as research associate in the governance research program. She first became the head of the governance unit in 2006-08 and again in 2014 upon her return from doctoral studies. Dr ENG has extensive fieldwork experience and has been researching and writing about governance, civil society, decentralisation and political economy of public sector reforms in Cambodia. She has managed several major research programs under the governance unit now renamed into the Center for Governance and Inclusive Society. One of her current research portfolios is titled Ponlork which examines the unfolding impact of demographic change on society and politics in Cambodia. She is also the co-investigator for Civil Society Elite in Southeast Asia, Impact of Climate Change on Nutrition and Gender Relations, and Social Protection and the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in Cambodia. Dr Eng holds a PhD in political science from Monash University, a degree earned while on Australian Leadership Award program in 2010-13.

About the Organizers

Cambodia Development Resource Institute

CDRI turns 30 years old this year. As an independent Cambodia’s development policy research institute, CDRI’s mission is to contribute to Cambodia’s sustainable development, and the well-being of its people, through the generation of high-quality policy research, knowledge dissemination and professional and workforce development. CDRI works to achieve this mission in partnership with Cambodian public institutions and civil society, and their regional and international development partners, with respect for the capacity of the Cambodian people and their institutions, for the value of local knowledge and experience, and regional and international best practices.

The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

Ponlok Chomnes: Data and Dialogue for Development in Cambodia

In partnership with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Asia Foundation is implementing Ponlok Chomnes: Data and Dialogue for Development in Cambodia—a three-year initiative (2019-2022)—to strengthen the capacity of knowledge sector institutions to undertake quality research that informs public policy analysis and dialogue in Cambodia.