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UNESCO APNIEVE-Phils. holds 17th national convention in HAU

With its theme, "empowering teachers towards quality and inclusive values education and international education", the UNESCO APNIEVE (Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education)-Philippines 17th national convention concluded its three-day (April 18-20, 2018) activities at Holy Angel University's St. Joseph Hall.


During the first day, HAU's School of Education Dean Dr. Benita Bonus made the welcome remarks. This was followed by a message from APNIEVE president Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay. HAU president Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo made the convention’s keynote address, which articulated about how the Philippine Qualifications Framework provides a unique opportunity to disrupt the Philippine educational system in order to lower costs and improve quality.


In the afternoon, three plenary sessions were conducted. DepEd Region 3 education program supervisor Ms. Michelle Ablian-Mejica and Education Supervisor II, CHED Region 3 Dr. Efren Abulencia focused topics on educational responses to preparing basic education teachers and higher education teachers, respectively, for new demands of quality and inclusive values education and international education. History professor from UP Diliman Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, former chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, talked about teaching 21st century learners on freedom and peace.


On its second and third days of the meet, more plenary and parallel sessions were done.


Mr. Renato de la Cruz of Quezon City's Miriam College tackled about developing critical thinkers among 21st century learners; Dr. Ricardo G. Abad of Ateneo de Manila University on implementing teaching-learning strategies; Prof. Arnaldo Mendoza of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities in Tanauan City, Batangas on embracing the challenges of peace values education; Mr. Ronald Ryan L. Sion of San Antonio National High School in Zambales on strategic intervention in handling behaviorally challenged junior high school students; and Mr. Apolinario John Bocar Jr. of Eastern Samar State University in Maydolong, Eastern Samar on common mentoring strategies of elementary cooperating teachers.


Other parallel sessions included teaching 21st century learners in learning by doing, volunteering as deepening one's relationship with God and making child protection policy work; implementing teaching-learning strategies for maritime student's values and personality traits, for developmental skills of children with special needs and for 21st century e-learning modules and assessment tool; and developing critical thinkers among 21st century learners (identified core values of the Generation Z; learning about Kapampangan heritage in a meditative playing; managing the 21st century classroom).


The signing of memorandum of agreement between the APNIEVE Region 3 and Mabalacat Community High School was later done during the convention's last day.


Also, a visit to the Pinatubo Museum and HAU Museum of Kapampangan Arts on Day 1, a visit to the Museum of the Philippine Social History and Museo ning Angeles on Day 2 and a tour to the half-buried church of San Guillermo in Bacolor, Pampanga on Day 3 were done after each day's activities.


HAU Prof. Arlan de la Cruz, coordinator for Region 3 of APNIEVE-Philippines (a non-profit international organization that aims to develop the education system in its member states) served as the convention convener.


Date Posted: 04-24-2018