873 teachers, 228 stakeholders participate in Text2Teach training and orientation sessions in 2012

“We are happy to be here for a positive cause—a cause that directly affects the lives of our students” said Luz Osmeña from the Department of Education (DepEd) Region IV-A during the opening of the Text2Teach training and orientation for teachers and stakeholders in Dasmariñas City, Cavite.

Osmeña was just one of the participants in the series of teacher-training and orientation programs that Text2Teach conducted in different parts of the country in 2012. A total of 873 teachers and 228 stakeholders participated in the sessions.

In 2012, Text2Teach reached 179 schools located in four regions all over the country. In time for the summer break last year, teachers, school heads, DepEd supervisors, barangay captains and parents-teacher association (PTA) representatives attended the Text2Teach training orientation. This training and orientation is facilitated by Ayala Foundation and Department of Education to prepare the teachers in the classroom implementation of T2T. The T2T pool of facilitators from the DepEd region, division, and district offices spearhead the discussion on how teachers can integrate the T2T videos in their daily lessons. Dino Abellanosa, senior manager for Ayala Foundation’s Visayas operations, shared that through T2T, “teachers will now have less time in preparing visual aids and more time to improve their daily lessons.”

Hazel Luna, principal of Agripina Elementary School in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, shared her thoughts on T2T Training and Orientation experience: “Tetx2Teach training paved way for the development of our skills and attitude needed to implement T2T. When we go back to our schools, we are ready and confident about how to operate it.”

The schools were given teachers’ guides in the subject areas of Math, Science, English and Values Education. These lesson guides complement the T2T videos, so that teachers can easily integrate the them in their daily lessons. These videos and lesson guides developed by DepEd, Pearson Foundation, and AFI were based on least-learned competencies and hard-to-teach concepts, in alignment with the basic education curriculum of the DepEd.

During the training, teachers were introduced to the Nokia Education Delivery (NED) and Nokia Data Gathering (NDG) application software. NED and NDG are application software developed by Nokia—the project’s largest private sector funder to reach areas which are deemed to be inaccessible because of geographical location.

The community plays a vital role in the future of the project. Ayala Foundation will monitor and establish sustainability mechanism for a period of one year and eventually will turn over the management of the project to the community. Archie Velasco, senior manager for Ayala Foundation’s Mindanao operations, emphasized the role of the school-governing body during the session on sustainability training attended by barangay captains and PTA representatives. He reiterated the idea that education is everybody’s business and that it takes a village to educate a child.

Text2Teach tasks school representatives, barangay captains, and PTA representatives to develop a sustainability plan for the project, the final version of which will be signed by all stakeholders. “Our responsibility is to sustain and secure Text2Teach in the schools’ shares Danilo Condez, barangay chairman of Sta. Fe, Pandan, Antique. “We give full support to Text2Teach because we know that this will benefit our children” said Helen Talanon, PTA president, Dao Central School, Dao, Antique.

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