Ma. Junithesmer D. Rosales, News, Office for Teaching and Learning Development
The Commission on Higher Education, selected higher education officials, and faculty from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Centro Escolar University, University of Southeastern Philippines, University of Saint La Salle, West Visayas State University, and Department of Education teachers attended two days of international synchronic study seminars in Bologna, Italy; Bilbao, Spain; and Groningen, Netherlands on November 2-3, 2022 and two days information and reflection meetings in Brussels, Belgium on November 4-5, 2022.
Best strategies from the outcomes of action research were highlighted during the meetings. Based on the modules developed for MAED – TCA students, participants also discussed how students may successfully implement their work in challenged areas after graduation. Dr. Ma. Junithesmer D. Rosales, Transnational Management Committee member and PUP Cluster Coordinator, discussed the meaning and spirit of Project Forth and dissemination activities during the meetings held in Bologna, Italy and Brussels, Belgium.
CHED Commissioner Aldrin A. Darilag, Phd presented CHED’s response to the challenges that were identified by Project FORTH participants during the information and reflection meetings held at Universitaire Stichting- Fondacion Universitaire Egmonstraat in Brissels, Belgium. He discussed issues and concerns of teachers situated in challenged areas and undersocred how international cooperation with European Union may help in finding ways to propel the project forward by laying out important policies which can be implemented for the sustainability of this noble project.
Meanwhile, Atty. Lily Freida Milla, CHED OIC Deputy Executive Director and Director III, International Affairs Staff, delineated the policies which support higher education institutions who embark on internationalization efforts.
Delegates from the Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Programme “Project Forth” or the Formation of Teachers in Challenged Areas in the Philippines is composed of three illustrious European universities: University of Groningen (RUG) in Netherlands, University of Bologna (UniBo) in Italy, and University of Deusto (UD) in Spain complemented by five notable Philippine universities that form the five clusters of the project: PUP, WVSU, University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), University of Saint La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod, and Centro Escolar University (CEU).
Each cluster institution is supported by Department of Education (DepEd) teachers who were the resource persons in identifying and understanding challenged areas. These areas were the basis from which the curriculum of a new master’s program—Master of Arts in Education major in Teaching in Challenged Area—was crafted through face to face collaborations, online meetings, inter-island and continental trainings to explore various aspects of the challenges through a collegial and synergistic experience. This master’s program is now offered in three higher education institutions (WVSU, PUP, and USLS) since 2021.
Aside from Dr. Rosales, Project Forth delegates from the university include Assoc. Prof. Marion A. Cresencio, Assoc. Prof. Dennis O. Dumrique, Assoc Prof. Daizylyn C.Palillo, Prof. Bernadeth G. Nobles, Asst. Prof. Joey T. Danting, and Instr. Manolito S. San Jose.
Representatives from the European Commission were also present to listen and give comments on the progress report of the project in terms of implementation of plans, achievement of objectives, effectiveness of dissemination, and updates on the utilization of funds from the grant.
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