'Teach for the Philippines' leaves their mark on a Quezon City elementary school

September 13, 2013 9:13 am 

By Paula Marie D. Navarra

MANILA, Sept. 12 (PNA) — “Leave your mark.”

This is what 'Teach for the Philippines' aims to do as they visited the West Fairview Elementary School in Quezon City on Thursday.

Stanly Sy, Public Relations and Emerging Media Officer, said in an interview that there are 53 fellows – first batch– who joined their 2013 cohorts.

“They are composed of fresh graduates and young professionals,” he said.

“They came from different fields, some of them from Human Resources (HR), corporate jobs and teachers,” he added.

He said that they partnered with 10 schools that serves as their placement schools all based in Quezon City.

Sy said that they had existing relationships with some principals in Quezon City that’s the reason why they conducted the pilot testing on these schools.

“We want to make sure that the program is stable,” he stressed.

“For the next batch of cohorts we plan to place them in different cities [of the Philippines] not just Quezon City because we want to expand our program,” he said.

Before they undergo the Two-Year Fellowship Program of the organization they must first attend a Nine-Week Summer Institute.

The Nine-Week Summer Institute is a training program that allows participants to have sessions and classes that amount to nine units of master degree in education.

“This batch spent nine weeks being trained in Ateneo de Manila University which is our partner for our summer institute,” Sy said.

“What is taught in the summer institute is based from teaching and leadership models from Teach for America, Teach First in UK and Teach for All Network,” he said. (PNA)



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