Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Prof. Chris Forlin

Professor Forlin (PhD; FACE) is an international education consultant, Series Editor for Emerald Publishing for ‘International Perspectives on Inclusive Education’, researcher and independent public and non-government school reviewer, in Western Australia. She is a visiting professor with the University of St Joseph in Macau, the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education in the Education University of Hong Kong and Notre Dame University in Perth. Her research and publications focus on equity and diversity; change paradigms in education; education policy and practice; along with curricula and pedagogy for teacher education, with innovative research in working with systems, governments, and schools to establish sustainable inclusive education. Professor Forlin provides leadership in research in education reform for special and inclusive education in the Asia-Pacific region. She recently completed two major research projects for the Australian Government on a review of the best evidence in relation to theory and practice for inclusive education for students with disability across all states and territories. She has just concluded research for an AusAID project on developing and testing indicators for inclusive education across 14 countries in the Pacific Islands. Professor Forlin was previously involved with the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training on developing policy and curricula for preparing teachers for inclusion. This involved developing a curriculum and pedagogical framework for pre-service teachers that was taught to 40 teacher educators at universities across the country. She has widespread extensive international experience working in education for more than 45 years; providing regular international workshops and keynote addresses.

Some of her published research reports and articles include the following:


DISTINGUISHED LECTURER

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Dr. Toh Swee-Hin

Dr. Toh Swee-Hin (S.H. Toh) is Professor Emeritus in Education of the University of Alberta (Canada) and a Visiting Fellow, Center for Peace Education, Miriam College (Philippines). Formerly a Distinguished Professor in Peace Education and International Peace Studies at the U.N. mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, he was also the founding Director of the Multi-Faith Center, Griffith University, Australia, promoting inter-faith dialogue towards a Culture of Peace.

Born in Malaysia and a citizen of Canada and Australia, he has been a high school teacher, teacher educator, researcher and social studies textbook author in the interrelated fields of education for a culture of peace, nonviolence, conflict transformation, human rights, social justice, development, international and intercultural understanding, interfaith dialogue, environmental sustainability and global citizenship. Since 1986, he has collaborated with Filipino educators in promoting peace education programs for schools, universities, civil society organizations and government agencies, especially in the Mindanao region.

He has contributed to several international networks and organizations including UNESCO, World Council for Curriculum & Instruction, International Peace Research Association (IPRA), Parliament of the World’s Religions, Religions for Peace, and the UNESCO-Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU). Since 2013, he has been a consultant for GCED (Global Citizenship Education) policy and programmes under the auspices of UNESCO-Bangkok and APCEIU. For his scholarly, professional and civil society contributions, Dr. Toh has received numerous awards and honours, including the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education (2000).

Among Dr. Toh’s published works are:

  • Toh, S.H. (2006) Integrating Education for Sustainable Development & Education for International Understanding: Conceptual issues and pedagogical principles for Teacher Education to address sustainability. Bangkok: UNESCO http://lsf-lst.ca/media/Toh_Swee-Hin_Integrating_Education_for_Sus_Devlpment_pdf_EN.pdf
  • Matriano, E., & Toh, S.-H. (2013 ). Multicultural education, global education: Synergies for a peaceful world. In R. L. Lowman (Ed.), Internationalizing multiculturalism: Expanding professional competencies in a globalized world (pp. 255–288). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. http://content.apa.org/books/14044-010
  • Toh, S.H., Nario-Galace, Jasmin, Cawagas, Virginia (Eds) (2017) Three decades of Peace Education in the Philippines: Stories of Hope & Challenges. Quezon City: Center for Peace Education & World Council for Curriculum & Instruction (WCCI) -Philippines.