Indonesian pre-service exchange teachers bid “bitter-sweet” farewell

By upao - Posted on 04 September 2018


The one-month stay of Abdullah Fiqih, Risal, Rista Tiana, Wiworo, Putri Maghifirotul Hasanah, Ika Sakti Wulandari and Herman Noviyandi has made them familiar names and faces to the students, faculty and staff at the College of Teacher Education (CTE), Secondary Laboratory School (SLS) and Elementary Laboratory School (ELS).

The Indonesian student teachers were given a closing and send-off program on August 30, 3018 at the Strawberry Hall after their pre-service teaching in the University. This was attended by their buddies (CTE students assigned to assist them); faculty and staff of the CTE led by their dean, Dr. Imelda Parcasio; VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kenneth Laruan; and International Relations Office Director, Dr. Darlyn D. Tagarino.

In the ‘bitter-sweet’ occasion, as described by the program emcee, Dr. Dolores E. Alawas, the Indonesian Pre-Service Teachers, the Glee Club, CTE faculty and students took turns dancing and singing for each other.
SLS and ELS teachers, Ms. Imee Cuadra and Mrs. Rachel K. Maguen appreciated the students for their efforts to do well in their tasks that the ELS and SLS students became so attached to them.

“I’m sure they gave their best cards and love letters to you and I hope you will keep those in your treasure chest,” said Maguen.

Fiqih and Ika said their responses in behalf of their colleagues. “I want to say a thousand thanks; we cannot repay everything you have given. I would like to apologize if we made mistakes everyday; we hope we can meet again in another time and place with a new atmosphere,” said Fiqih.

“Thank you for giving us this meaningful farewell party. Nothing is more important than learning something new and here in BSU we learned something new. We are leaving tonight and I cannot express my sorrow, you made a special place in our hearts and we can never forget it,” added Ika who was nearly in tears. She appreciated how her students would always greet her even in the street or in the hallways.

Ika shared how she learned lot from her own mistakes and her friend’ mistakes but realized that learning together has opened a new stage to move forward to.

Dr. Laruan congratulated the group and encouraged them to become part of their country’s pool of talents in the future and contribute to its development. Earlier, Fiqih shared that he chose to be a teacher because aside from sports being his passion, it is also an honorable job to teach children.

The program ended with the students handing tokens from their respective universities to the BSU officials.

The Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange or SEA Project is a fulfillment of one of the seven point education agenda by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) council and that is the achievement of quality education by revitalizing teacher education. The project aims to provide opportunity for pre-service student teachers from universities in Southeast Asia to have teaching experiences or practicum in schools in other countries in Southeast Asia.
BSU student teachers were also deployed to universities in Thailand and Indonesia under this program.//JSTabangcura