04.06.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Holds Life Skills Training-Workshop for Alternative Learning System Mobile Teachers and District Coordinators in the Philippines

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The UNESCO Office, Jakarta in cooperation with the Philippines’ Department of Education (DepEd) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH), conducted the “Life Skills Training Workshop for Alternative Learning System (ALS) Mobile Teachers and District Coordinators” on 21-23 May 2018 for the first batch and 24-26 May 2018 for the second batch at Hotel XYZ, Tacloban City, Philippines. This capacity building initiative is part of the work plan under the project “Better Life for Out-of-School Girls to Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines” with the financial support of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

A total of ninety-eight participants (98) from DepED Region VIII-Eastern Visayas specifically from Divisions of Leyte and Tacloban City benefited from this capacity building who were actively engaged.

On behalf of Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative, UNESCO Office, Jakarta, Dr. Mee Young Choi, Head of Education Unit expressed her appreciation to Philippines’ Department of Education for its cooperation, KOICA for the financial support and SEAMEO INNOTECH for its keen interest in partnership. She also expressed appreciation to the participants for their efforts and enthusiasm towards the training workshop. She emphasized that UNESCO as United Nations knowledge agency contributes in building capacities of Member States in the quest for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4. This life skills training workshop is one of the many initiatives that UNESCO undertakes in supporting the Member States.

On behalf of the Philippines’ Department of Education Regional Office VIII-Eastern Visayas, Dr. Alejandrito Yman, Chief, Curriculum and Learning Management Division conveyed the sincere appreciation of Dr. Ramir Uytico, Regional Director, DepED Regional Office VIII-Eastern Visayas to UNESCO Office, Jakarta, KOICA and SEAMEO INNOTECH for the capacity building initiative for ALS mobile teachers and district coordinators. He highlighted that this capacity building is one of a kind that will not only help the ALS mobile teachers and district coordinators but the ALS learners as well. Furthermore, he emphasized that life skills are equally important as with cognitive skills which will truly empower the ALS learners especially the girls.

The first batch participant, Mr. Ronald Valeriano, ALS Mobile Teacher, said that in order to better improve the implementation of ALS, building strong partnership with the stakeholders is essential. With this training workshop, I gained many different ways in establishing linkages with many different stakeholders by presenting our accomplishments in ALS and the benefits they will gain in the partnership, he added.

Ms. Mary Jane C. Tenejeros, ALS District Coordinator, a second batch participant said that being equipped with life skills in this training is a big opportunity and an “it edge” to be ready to go out to the so-called “VUCA” world—volatile, ambiguous, complex, uncertain. This VUCA world needs us to be innovative, more innovative, step out of the norms, level up, and produce productive citizens of the country, she added.

This life skills capacity building initiative were facilitated by experts from Learning and Training Development Unit, Learning Management Office of SEAMEO INNOTECH. These experts are Mrs. Editha Pimentel, Senior Specialist and Unit Head and Mrs. Maria Ana Liza Serrana, Specialist.

The training workshop concluded with the commitment from participants with better ALS implementation with learned life skills for better learning outcomes of ALS learners especially the girls.

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