The “Train the Trainors” Program aimed to strengthen the influential skills of the Public School Teachers by upgrading the standards of education particularly in Elementary Science, Mathematics, and English, and to become trainors in which they can teach and guide fellow teachers in their region with innovative ideas and revolutionary methodology.
The program specifically covered Elementary Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science), Mathematics and English and was spearheaded by experts in the following fields: Ms. Olivia Ungson, Ms. Flora Teope (Physics); Ms. Chie Lumbre (Biology); Ms. Annabelle Monzon (Chemistry); Aurora Catabona (Earth Science); Ms. Judy Gabriel, Ms. Anita Ong (Mathematics); and Dr. Lourdes Tayao, Ms. Imelda Ferrer (English).
The public school teachers came from the DepEd districts of Sta. Lucia, San Juan, Sta. Cruz, Bantay, Magsingal and San Vicente, in Ilocos Sur, and from the DepEd divisions of Vigan City, La Union and Pangasinan.
The training opening ceremonies were attended by FUSE President Fr. Onofre G. Inocencio Jr., SDB, DepEd Supervisor Mr. Nestor Hereña, and Training Committee Chair Dr. Justina M. Evangelista as well as TYKFI’s Ms. Elizabeth Alba, Valerie Tan and Janel Badlis.
During the program’s opening TYKFI representative Ms. Valerie Tan welcomed the trainees and told them that “for nearly thirty years the Foundation has been committed to the causes of education and approaching it from a holistic point of view. The foundation’s main goal is to provide tools to its beneficiaries so that they can have the capability to achieve and make a difference and eventually share with others.” Ms. Tan’s speech was followed by messages from
FUSE President Fr. Onofre G. Inocencio Jr., SDB, DepEd Supervisor Mr. Nestor Hereña, and Training Committee Chair Dr. Justina M. Evangelista.
Meanwhile, DepEd Supervisor Nestor Hereña addressed the trainees with a reminder: “I hope that skills that you will acquire from this training will not be put in vain. The return of investment lies in your hands. When you go back to your stations, implement what you learned from this training. Be part of the “multiplier effect” in improving the quality of education in our region. A better output is expected from you. It is your task now to develop pupils to become critical problem solvers in the future.”
After the 5-day training, the class representative summed up the program: “As we step out of the FUSE premises, one thing sure is that all of us will go home carrying the additional learning, realizations and experiences that make us better teachers.”