Saturday, August 06, 2011

Group "helps teachers teach"

Group "helps teachers teach"
By Maria Corazon Madera
The Freeman 
August 6, 2011

CEBU, Philippines - While a common concern is the welfare of the students, a non-government multi-sectoral organization is focusing its efforts on helping the country’s teachers.

The Coalition For Better Education (CBE), according to Dr. Regina Galigao of the University of the Visayas College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has helped her deal with students more effectively and invoked in them a desire to give time for community service programs.

CBE was first convened in 2001 by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), Aboitiz Group Foundation Inc. (AGFI) and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in cooperation of Cebu Normal University (CNU).

It is composed of different education stakeholders like students, faculty, government and parents. It is also a collaboration of faculty members from both public and private schools.

Its 279 members undergo trainings to improve their teaching methods and assessment of students thru lectures and discussions.

They also hold conferences and seminars such as on the use of technology like websites, where teachers can get something new to offer to students.

Nancy Tampus, a faculty member of Basak Night Highschool and a member of Global Filipino Teachers (GFT), said the group has improved them and empowered them as teachers.

CBE Executive Director Luchi Flores told The FREEMAN that they are celebrating their 10th Founding Anniversary at Radisson Blu Hotel. The celebration is highlighted by trainings aimed at helping students to increase passing rates especially in rural schools.

CBE also conducted a job fair at the SM Ground Floor.