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ACT 2017

33rd ACT+ 1 Convention – Da Nang, Vietnam

Theme: “Role of Education in Adopting Global Culture and Preserving National Identity”

The 33rd Asean Council of Teachers +1 (ACT +1) Convention was held from 15th September 2017 – 17th September 2017 in the beautiful Centara Sandy Beach Resort of Da Nang, Vietnam.

33rd ACT+ 1 Convention – Da Nang, Vietnam

Theme: “Role of Education in Adopting Global Culture and Preserving National Identity”

The 33rd Asean Council of Teachers +1 (ACT +1) Convention was held from 15th September 2017 – 17th September 2017 in the beautiful Centara Sandy Beach Resort of Da Nang, Vietnam.

The convention began with the Leader’s Meeting in the afternoon of 15th September 2017. The evening of 15th September began with the Official Opening of the ACT+1 Convention. The Opening Address was given by the President of the National Education Union of Vietnam (NEUV). This was followed by the Welcome Address by the Minister of Education and Training, Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Mr. Mike Thiruman, General Secretary (GS) of the Singapore Teachers’ Union (STU) was given the honor to deliver the fraternal greetings on behalf of the other ACT + 1 member countries. The evening was rounded up with a hearty welcome dinner.

The morning of 16th September 2017 began with fraternal greeting from the Vice-President of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VCGL). This was followed by the keynote speech delivered by host country, Vietnam. Thereafter, it was the presentation of country reports by ACT + 1 member countries. The theme was on the “Role of Education in Adopting Global Culture and Preserving National Identity”. Ms. Arial Loh, the Deputy General-Secretary (DGS) of STU presented our country’s report to the participants during the 1st country report sharing session. Mr. Mike Thiruman, General Secretary (GS) of the STU was given the privilege to chair the 2nd country report sharing session.

The leaders of the ACT + 1 member organizations then met in the afternoon to draft and agree upon the resolution that was to be presented to the participants the following day. Mr. Mike Thiruman General-Secretary (GS) of STU represented Singapore at this session and I accompanied him to the session.

The day ended with a Friendship Night. After the Opening Address by the President NEUV and the Welcome Speech by the President of the VGCL, it was time for a very sumptuous dinner. This was followed by the traditional gift exchange and the much awaited cultural performances. The Singapore delegation sang a medley of Tamil, Malay, Mandarin and English cultural songs, to represent our multi-racial culture. It was certainly a night of fun where new friendships were strengthened with our neighbours from Asean as well as Korea.

I had the privilege of presenting at one of the parallel sessions that was held on 17th September. This session included presentations from Brunei as well as host country Vietnam. The parallel session was attended by representatives from all the countries that attended the ACT + 1 Convention.

I presented STU’s approach towards Teacher Wellness. My presentation focused on the programmes that STU has in place to ensure the social, emotional as well as physical well-being of teachers in Singapore. The session was well-received by the participants who attended the event.

The closing ceremony was held after the parallel sharing sessions. It began with the adoption of the resolution. Mr Mike Thiruman, General Secretary of STU signed the resolution on behalf of Singapore. The President of NEUV gave his closing address and this was followed by the official handing over of the ACT + 1 flag to the host of the 2018 ACT +1 Convention, the Philippines. This brought us to the end of ACT +1 Convention 2017. Friendships formed, knowledge gained from sharing sessions, we all went home feeling blessed.

Shared by

Prakasham s/o Thangaveloo

Assistant General Secretary (AGS)

Singapore Teachers’ Union

School visit to Le Quy Don Gifted High School