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5 Sept 2001
SAFRA Radio (Singapore)

Version 1 - Broadcast on 5/9/01 at 5 and 7 pm
Students in Singapore will soon have the opportunity to increase their insight into foreign culture.

The Ministry of Education is joining hands with the Asia-Europe Foundation to organize the first Asia-Europe Classroom International Teachers Conference.

Some 65 educators from member states will collaborate on joint IT projects ranging from nuclear energy to the effects of modernization on agriculture.

Ms Betsy Lim, Deputy Director of the IT Training Branch of the MOE explains how this will benefit the students.

"I think this gives them a great opportunity to be able to understand the diverse cultures and histories of the Asian Europe member countries that are participating in the Asia-Europe classroom. So, this gives them the benefit of working on very real issues in authentic settings."

Version 2 - Broadcast on 5/9/01 at 6 & 8 pm

Studying in Singapore is going to become more interesting, with more international exchanges.

Some 65 educators from the Asia Europe Meeting's member states will collaborate on joint IT projects ranging from nuclear energy to the effects of modernization on agriculture.

This is part of the first Asia-Europe Classroom International Teachers Conference co-organized by the Education Ministry and the Asia-Europe Foundation.

Here's Mr Ulrich Niemann, Director of the People-to-People Exchange Department of the Asia-Europe Foundation.

"At this first international Asia-Europe classroom conference, we were successful to invite 65 teachers and educationists from Asia and Europe. They came with ideas for IT projects. We have a great variety ranging from science to chats about various topics about everyday life but also projects where students actually educate the students from other regions on their cultural background."