Three Filipino public school teachers and alumni of the Korea-Philippines Teacher Exchange Programme (KPTEP) were among the 18 winners at the recently-concluded Asia-Pacific Teacher Exchange for Global Education (APTE) Best Practices Award.
Noel V. Sadinas from the Schools Division Office (SDO) in Nueva Vizcaya placed second. While George B. Borromeo of SDO Manila and Honey Rose V. Yu Vega, with her community reading tutorial Project Tudlo, of SDO Cebu City, both bagged third place. (Read: 5 Filipino Teachers Who Are Also World-Class Inventors)
New opportunities and self-improvement
The recognition encouraged KPTEP educators to share their experiences in APTE.
“The launching of KPTEP’s local programs opened new doors of opportunities, and more support was poured,” Yu Vega reiterated.
She said that it is a matter of determination and compassion towards education. Despite the challenges they have been through, it is still very fulfilling for them to claim their achievement as educators and bring honor to the country.
Meanwhile, Borromeo shared his journey in KPTEP and how he started to “accelerate his speed as an educator” through the program. (Read: We Asked Teachers: How Are You Adapting to Online Learning?)
“With the advocacy of the KPTEP Alumni Association (KPTEPAA) in partnership with the DepEd International Cooperation Office on Global Citizenship Education (GCED), I was able to maximize my full potential as we were encouraged to introduce our Re-Entry Application Project (REAP),” Borromeo explained.
The KPTEP was launched in 2012 in line with the APTE for Global Education based on the Cultural Agreement between the Philippines and Korea on April 27, 1973.
In a statement from the Department of Education (DepEd), Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said they believe that opportunities to understand other cultures would always enhance the competence and commitment of Filipino teachers in terms of effort to create learners who are respectful of diversity.
The program also supports enhancing the quality of education in the Philippines through the capacity–building of its key educators and schools. (Read: LOOK: Pinoy Celebs Give Honor to Their Favorite Teachers)