A more effective way to teach Philippine History, through an interactive session hosted by Ayala Foundation

How can we make Philippine history lessons more alive, more meaningful, and more enjoyable for our students?

As part of its month-long activities for the National Teachers’ Month, Ayala Foundation hosted an interactive training session for 50 public elementary school teachers from five Department of Education (DepEd) divisions, as well as the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX) Manila and Batangas campuses. The daylong training session is conducted in partnership with the Ayala Museum and the Society for Cultural Enrichment.

Historian and award-winning writer Ambeth Ocampo inspired the participating teachers by sharing insights and best practices in teaching Philippine History. Himself a popular History professor, Ocampo led a session on how to teach Philippine history more effectively, and drew a compelling portrait of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, as a teacher.

Also present was Maria Vanessa Lusung-Oyzon, professor from the University of the Philippines College of Education. Lusung-Oyzon—whose areas of expertise are educational psychology, child and adolescent growth, new media technology and learning, and social studies teaching and learning—facilitated an interactive workshop session and lesson plan demonstration on teaching History effectively.

In between the two sessions, the participating teachers were treated to a tour of the Ayala Museum’s Diorama Experience and Gold of Ancestors Exhibit. For the past 40 years, the Dioramas have been among the most enduring features of the Ayala Museum, giving guests a glimpse of the richness of Philippine history and culture.

“Our teachers play a critical role not just in maintaining the highest level of learning in our classrooms, but also in ensuring that our students are deeply connected to our history, heritage, and culture as Filipinos,” said Joie Lopez, Ayala Foundation’s Senior Director for Programs. “This special session with our public school teachers is in keeping with Ayala Foundation’s commitment to improving the quality of education in the country.”

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