Project FORTH holds 2nd Transnational Training of Trainers

Project FORTH (Formation of Teachers in Emerging Challenged Areas), an Erasmus Mundus-funded project spearheaded by Education for an Interdependent World (EDIW), is conducting its 2nd round of Transnational Training of Trainers on February 19, 2020 in Marriot Hotel, Iloilo City.

The five-day event, joined by representatives of five partner universities (namely Centro Escolar University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, West Visayas State University, De La Salle University-Bacolod, and University of Southeastern Philippines) together with their European and DepEd counterparts, is expected to run until Friday, February 21, 2020 to rehash courses 1-6 developed during the TTT1 in preparation of the imminent offering of a master’s program on Teaching in Challenged Areas.

Dr. Julia Gonzalez, Project Designer of Project FORTH, retraced the vision to give participants a better global perspective of the engagement, and Dr. Emma Melgarejo, Academic Director, praised the project’s nationwide vision and scope. Dr. Robert Wagenaar, Project Coordinator, also acknowledged the impressive outputs produced by the six teams.

Project FORTH was launched about a year ago in the Philippines involving five universities representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to extend the much-needed assistance in basic education for challenged areas in the country. Specifically, it aims to develop a graduate course offering that addresses training needs of teachers assigned in challenged areas. Course packs developed shall serve as the six major courses for the degree to be offered. Only in its pilot years, Project FORTH is set to be replicated in other parts of the world in the future.

Trainer-writers from USeP who work alongside their university and DepEd counterparts include: Dr. Jennifer Arbiol – Course 1; Dr. Reynaldo Nogodula – Course 2; Prof. Rick Tan – Course 3; Prof. Marivic Neri – Course 4; Dr. Danilo Galarion – Course 5; and Dr. Adora Zerrudo with Dr. Bonifacio Gabales Jr. for Course 6. The group is set to meet again in June for the TTT3. (MNeri)

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