Ms Mida Abdul: Our New PYP Co-ordinator

My name is Mida Abdul and I have just started as PYP coordinator at AIS from January 2017.  Although I am new to this role here at AIS, I am not totally new to AIS. I worked at the school in 2013 to 2014, as a Kindergarten teacher at Thu Thiem Campus and it is such a great feeling to be back in Saigon and to work here once again, but this time as the PYP coordinator.

I am originally from Indonesia, with my teaching qualification from Nottingham University, UK. I recently completed my master’s degree on ‘International Minded Leadership’ from the same university. I have been working in education for over 19 years, 15 of them spent in IB schools with various roles as an Early Childhood teacher, PYP coordinator, Junior School Coordinator and Primary Principal. I have taught in Indonesia, Thailand and, most recently, Japan. I was trained as an IB workshop leader in 2005 and have been actively delivering numerous workshops and teacher training in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Australia, China, and Japan.

In 2008, I was trained as an IB school visiting team leader and have been leading school visits from pre-authorization, verification and evaluation. With my experience, knowledge and understanding of the programme, I am committed to working together with the teachers and administration staff at AIS to move the school into its next stage of learning.  I am dedicated and enthusiastic about the Primary Years Programme as it provides a holistic education that places importance on, not only the academic, but the development of international mindedness, equally. With the world changing so rapidly, it is not enough to be just ‘book smart’ as now students have to navigate their way through a globalized world and that requires knowledge and skills that are critical when so many cultures interact. The PYP framework provides opportunities for young students to develop their critical thinking and build their knowledge and understanding of the world, while learning to be caring for the environment, human beings and other living things.

My key aim is to promote the development of a community of learners here at AIS, where parents and teachers can also model becoming lifelong learners. I am keen on providing the parent community with an avenue for us to learn more about the PYP and other aspects of educational life here at AIS. Please look out for more information on the parent sessions I will be running in the coming months. I hope to be able to meet as many of you as I can during school events and if you have any questions about the Primary Years Programme, please do not hesitate to contact me at mida.abdul@aisvietnam.com.