Two Cagayan de Oro schools named Global Filipino Schools

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Two public elementary schools in Cagayan de Oro City have received the honor of being called Global Filipino Schools and are on its way into becoming 21st-century-ready educational institutions.

Indahag Elementary School and Father William F. Masterson, SJ Elementary School are the first two schools in CdeO to benefit under the expanded Global Filipino School (GFS) program. GFS is a long-term educational initiative that seeks to transform select public schools into centers of excellence in innovative teaching methods and Information and Communications Technology.

The inauguration of Indahag and Masterson also marks the start of a partnership between Globe and Ayala Foundation Inc. for GFS. AFI now serves as lead implementer for the program, which also now includes a teacher-training component. Eleven GFS schools are in the pipeline.

“Globe believes in the importance of providing quality education to the Filipino youth to give them a brighter future. Thus, in bringing innovative education to public schools through GFS, we could help both teachers and students further improve their skills and be globally competitive. Indahag and Masterson are just the beginning of a nationwide campaign that Globe, together with AFI, are embarking on to provide 21st century education to public schools with the end goal of creating a wonderful Philippines,” said Yoly Crisanto, SVP, Globe Corporate Communications.

“Empowering communities has long been at the heart of Ayala Foundation, and education is one of the ways for us to do this,” says Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “Through education, we hope to pave the way for students and teachers able to reach their full potential, not only for the benefit of their families, but for their communities and country as well.”

GFS seeks to provide public schools with support systems that meet global standards. These include sustainable ICT-proficiency training for teachers, an ICT-equipped school environment, and committed education stakeholders.

Part of being a GFS is for the school to be fully utilized as a teacher training hub for the corresponding division in the Department of Education it is under. Both the selected school and DepEd are tasked to conduct teacher training to neighboring public schools within their division.  Each school has a collaborative learning area for group activities and is also provided with a newly constructed ICT laboratory equipped with computers, Internet connectivity, and other multimedia tools.

The two GFS in Cagayan de Oro are supported by Mitsubishi Corporation, the city government of Cagayan de Oro, and the Far Eastern University.

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