(Metro News) Valenzuela teachers complete training seminars

March 5, 2010 12:58 pm 

MANILA, March 5 – After notching a banner year last 2009 in education development and number of classroom constructed, the Valenzuela local government announced that it is now providing training seminars to its public teachers in hopes of uplifting the quality of basic education in the city.

The "WIN ang Edukasyon Program" recently completed a three-day seminar-workshop for grade two public school teachers in partnership with non-government organization partner Synergeia Foundation, a consortium of individuals and institutions committed to work together in improving the quality of basic education in the country.

The program gathered some 250 English and Mathematics teachers for a three Saturdays course held in Parada National High School.

Fifteen lecturers and resource persons invited by Synergeia from the Ateneo de Manila University and the Department of Education Division (DepEd) of Bulacan facilitated the training that promotes information and communications technology as an essential component in today's classroom teaching methods.

Workshop facilitators used the English and Mathematics workbooks provided for free by the city government for the students as basis for their training modules.

"We must better prepare our elementary school teachers, not only with their mastery of the subject, but also in the ways they can motivate their students to begin appreciating the lessons and its applications," Valenzuela local school board chairman Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian said.

"Times have become more technology-driven and students have gotten more attuned with modern conveniences, our teachers should likewise learn to update and adopt by integrating multi-media approach with their traditional ways," he added.

The teachers, however, drew mix reactions, citing the multi-media approach was particularly new to them and access to technology was limited.

In light of this development, Valenzuela DepEd Division Supt. Dr. Flordeliza Mayari, said the local school board is strongly committed to capacity building measures for the teachers with their transition phase.

She said the city government has already bankrolled the development of computer laboratories in Valenzuela's public schools and would provide all the necessary help that would improve the performance of teachers through systematic reforms and other processes.(PNA)



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