Unfortunately many people want to 'go out there' to 'do something for them!'.
If technologies are supplied where there is no infrastructure to support the maintenance or development then the 'help' is very short term. We need to support 'them' to develop their own provision and to take full ownership of it, and of the decisions made in development.
We need to support capacity building and training developments in the local area, by and for the indigenous people
BATOD is most in favour of using any local developments and resources if at all possible. It is important to support the building of the regional networks, rather than importing an alien western culture, western methods and systems, unless they can be built onto local knowledge in a model that will be sustained by local support over the long term. So anyone going into another country needs to be able to develop a good empathy with the culture and to support regional developments - if there are any!!
As both methods of training are very expensive and are not always relevant to students from other countries, some of people have been trying to encourage training of student Teachers and other professionals in their own countries, or at least in their own region. This should mean more cost effective training; building expertise in the country and in the region; and ensuring that training is relevant to the country's and region's needs and stage of development. We hope that anyone from an economically poor country will return and will be able to make a big contribution to developments in training and research in their own country and region.
The International Editor, David Bond, is interested in the facilities available in Malaysia, as there are training needs for teachers and Speech and Language therapists, sign researchers, teachers, communicators and interpreters and psychologists etc in Cambodia and Laos. Training in Europe or other 'western country' may not really equip Teachers and therapists for their work in SE Asia in view of differences in educational methodology, curriculum, technology, environment, culture, language etc, etc. External training may not help them to build their regional connections and links, whereas training and research within the region should help to build a training and research community for exchange and development of excellence in practice as well as exchange of ideas through journals and conferences in the region.
The rôle for BATOD in this is to be a facilitator where possible, by exchanging and sharing information through the international page of the Magazine of BATOD and the BATOD website. The International Editor is also happy to try to make links between individuals and groups, or to provide suggestions/advice.