Students all over the country expressed their appreciation for their teachers on various social media platforms in the continued celebration of National Teachers Month on Friday. Even parents who were also students many years ago shared their personal stories on how their teachers shaped their minds so they could likewise teach their own children discipline as they grew older.
Strongly supporting an advocacy how teachers can further hone their skills to be more effective in discharging their sworn duties is Globe Telecom. In the video titled “#IbaKaTeacher” created by the company to pay tribute to teachers, a computer, a cellphone and projector were given human voice admitting that they have become passe and needed replacement unlike the teacher who continues to work and inspire students year after year.
“Together with the people who experienced firsthand the passion and sacrifices of their teachers, Globe Telecom pays tribute to the invaluable contributions of these unsung heroes to the individual, society, and country as a whole,” Globe Citizenship and Advocacy Marketing director Miguel Bermundo said of their project.
“We know that our teachers only want the best for their students but many of them do not have enough resources to prepare for 21st century learning. We believe that the best way to show them our gratitude is to help equip them with training and tools they need to deliver quality education,” he added.
In cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd) and three teaching innovators — Mano Amiga, Habi Education Lab, and Affordable Private Education Center (APEC) Schools — Globe was able to hold workshops on project-based learning, ICT integration in the classroom, and modules on responsible online behavior.
Teacher training is the central component of Globe Telecom’s commitment to public schools called the Global Filipino Program which also provides free internet connectivity and mobile tech equipment to the supported schools representing their DepEd division, Bermundo informed.
There are already 214 Global Filipino Schools across all the 17 regions in the country, directly benefiting more than 400 teachers. These select teachers from various provinces nationwide paid it forward by cascading what they learned to other public schools within their own divisions for the benefit of more teachers and students.
Another initiative called PRISM has given hundreds of public and private schools teachers a chance to be part of a three-week professional development program which includes a two-day immersive boot camp, distance project-based learning, and personalized coaching to enhance their technological skills for effective classroom learning.
Hand-in-hand with technology exposure, teachers also learned to promote digital citizenship and responsibility to their students and teachers through the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) of Globe. Free to all public and private schools, the DTP workshops are accessible to over 40,000 teachers and have an estimated reach of 1.6 million public school students nationwide.
All these efforts are in line with inclusive and equitable quality education being espoused by UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 which Globe supports.
The National Teachers’ Month is celebrated from September 5 to October 5 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 242, which recognizes the need to “celebrate the unique role and service that teachers play in guiding families, strengthening communities, and building the nation.”