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Project FORTH Erasmus+ Final Dissemination in Bacolod City: A Celebration of a Fruitful Journey Towards Quality Education in the Emerging Challenged Areas

The vibrant city of Bacolod played host to a momentous event as Project FORTH Erasmus+ concluded its transformative journey with a grand final dissemination at the University of Saint La Salle on March 24, 2023. This groundbreaking initiative, designed to prepare teachers to teach in the emerging challenged areas and to empower them, culminated in a jubilant celebration and gathering of partner universities in the Philippines and in Europe at the heart of the City of Smiles. Also in attendance were stakeholders from partner organizations, namely Education for an Interdependent World (EDIW) and Fundación Intered. Also gracing the occasion were Deputy Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education International Affairs Atty. Lily Freida Milla, CESO IV, Commission on Higher Education Regional Office VI Director IV, Dr. Raul Alvarez, Jr., REE, CESO III, and Education Program Specialist of the Alternative Learning System of DepEd Negros Occidental, Ms.Yolly Salem

 

Honoring Collaborative Efforts

The final dissemination and closing ceremony in Bacolod was an occasion to honor the dedicated efforts of all stakeholders who made Project FORTH a resounding success. Representatives from partner European universities, Philippine universities, and other stakeholders commended the commitment and hard work put forth by the collaborating universities and DepEd partners, recognizing the project's immense contribution to promoting quality education in the challenged areas through teacher formation.

 

Highlights of the Closing Ceremony

Project FORTH Academic Coordinator, Dr. Emma Melgarejo, set the mind and the mood for the occasion by talking about  “Spirit of Forth: The Journey,” in which she revisited the collaborative journey the FORTH Teams embarked on from the program’s inception until its completion. This was followed by a speech on the impact of Project FORTH on Philippine Higher Education delivered by the OIC of the Office of the Deputy Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education International Affairs, Atty. Lily Freida Milla, CESO IV. 

From the European partners’ perspective, the impact of Project FORTH was discussed by representatives from European partner universities: Dr. Elena Pacetti of the University of Bolognia, Dr. Edurne Bartolome of the University of Deusto, and Dr. Maria Yarosh  of the University of Groningen. 

Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Coordinator of the USLS Project FORTH Cluster, Dr. Ricver Ureta, talked about “Project FORTH: The USLS Journey,” focusing on the impact of the project on USLS FORTH Team and their DepEd partners. 

Ms. Yolly Salem, Program Specialist of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of DepEd Negros Occidental, talked about the project’s impact from the ALS perspective.

Project FORTH Designer and a key figure from Education for an Independent World, Dr. Julia Maria Gonzales, talked about “Ways Forward: Project Forth and Beyond,” which focused on answering questions like “What comes after the closing ceremony? Which way are we heading?” 

Part of the closing program was a conversation and sharing of experiences from Dep Ed partners, as well as from Aitziber Barrueta Atxuegi of Fundacion Intered, who talked about her experiences from the perspective of an international non-government organization. 

A sharing of findings from high-impact action research undertaken by DepEd partners were shared and disseminated during the closing program. Two DepEd partners of the USLS Project FORTH Cluster, namely Ms. Cristina Mayo and Mr. DG Mark Arrey, presented their action research findings.

 

Looking Ahead: The Legacy of Project FORTH

Project FORTH may have reached its official conclusion, but its impact will reverberate for years to come. The journey of teacher formation and educational collaboration has sowed the seeds for a more promising future for education in the challenged areas in the Philippines.

The participating universities, now armed with a global and local perspectives, are ready to take on the challenges of the future. Armed with compassion, competencies, and a commitment for transformative education, they will undoubtedly contribute positively to their communities and the world at large.

As the curtain falls on Project FORTH, its legacy remains alive in the hearts and minds of all those involved. The project has demonstrated the potential of education to transcend borders, promote quality education, and shape a brighter future for the emerging challenged areas for generations to come.

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Project FORTH Erasmus+ Final Dissemination in Europe - University of St. La Salle Cluster

An enriching journey that spanned three European countries and transcended cultural boundaries marked the successful Project FORTH Erasmus+ final dissemination and culmination for the University of Saint La Salle (USLS) Cluster. The five-day study tour and final dissemination was a successful conclusion to this transformative initiative, leaving an indelible impact on the participating universities and stakeholders involved, particularly on the 11-member delegation from the University of Saint La Salle and partner Department of Education schools.

 

University of Saint La Salle Cluster: A Beacon of Transformative Christian Education

The USLS Cluster attended the final dissemination and culmination assembly which commenced in three host universities in Europe on November 1 and concluded on November 5, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. Joining the USLS FORTH Cluster was Brother President and Chancellor Joaquin Severino Martinez, FSC, who attended the opening ceremonies and study tour in Bilbao, Spain, along with four cluster members bound for Bilbao, namely Dr. Ricver Ureta, Dean of the USLS College of Education; USLS faculty members Dr. Sheila Uy and Ms. Hazel Atilano; and Mr. Jien Omar Mendoza, representing the Department of Education Alternative Learning System (DepEd ALS). Four Cluster members attended the opening at Groningen University in The Netherlands, namely Dr. Cynthia Dy and Mr. June Carl Seran of USLS and Ms. Cristina Mayo and Mr. DG Mark Arrey of DepEd ALS. Two represented the USLS Cluster at the opening at Bologna University in Bologna, Italy, namely Dr. Ma. Xenia Guanzon and Dr. Ana Rosa Carmona. 

Initial meetings and study tours commenced in the host European universities: Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain; Groningen University in The Netherlands; and Bologna University in Bologna, Italy. The USLS Cluster participated in school visits in challenged areas in Bilbao, Groningen, and Bologna, which involved interactions with teachers and learners in socio-economically-deprived communities. The USLS FORTH Team gained valuable insights not only on the challenges faced by teachers and learners in the community, but also their best practices, which proved very enriching for the Team whose mission is to bring transformative education to the challenged areas in the Philippines.

 

Celebrating Unity in Diversity:  Journeying Together Towards the Same Destination 

The final dissemination in Europe was a grand celebration of the collective achievements of the USLS FORTH Cluster and the transformative power of cross-cultural collaboration with partner universities. The general assembly in Brussels, Belgium on November 4 to 5, 2022 for the Transnational Management Meeting involved a sharing of action research findings and innovations, as well as a discussion of curriculum framing for the Masters Degree Program for Teaching in the Challenged Areas (MAEd TCA). Furthermore, the cluster institutions presented contextualized modules supporting the project, exemplifying how the program graduates are projected to serve as teachers and respond to the identified needs in the challenged areas. 

The meeting in Brussels was, indeed, a great opportunity for open discussions and sharing of experiences that can be incorporated into the MAEd TCA curriculum, including the best practices and innovations from the action research undertaken by  the USLS Cluster. 

 

Impact on the USLS Cluster: Nurturing Resilient Global Educators

Project FORTH’s profound impact on the USLS Cluster is nothing short of life-changing. Apart from gaining a deeper understanding of different cultural contexts and challenges, it expanded their horizons and developed in them a heightened sense of empathy and open-mindedness. The project instilled in them the values of collaboration, cooperation, and the importance of being resilient global educators.

USLS faculty members and DepEd partners involved in the project expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to exchange best practices with their Philippine partner universities, as well as with their international partners. They lauded the project's emphasis on collaborative and collegial learning community and its potential to enhance the academic landscape within their institutions.

Project FORTH Erasmus+ final dissemination in Europe was a grand celebration of cultural diversity, international collaboration, and teacher empowerment. It brought to the fore the incredible power of education to build bridges between nations, fostering a world where differences are embraced, and mutual understanding prevails. As the participants departed to return to their respective academic communities, they carry with them valuable knowledge and wisdom that will equip them for the noble task at hand-- that of preparing teachers to teach in the challenged areas in the Philippines. 

The transformative journey of Project FORTH has left an indelible mark on the hearts of the USLS Cluster, igniting a passion for transformative education and inspiring a generation of teachers committed to providing quality education to the last, the lost, and the least.

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Project FORTH Erasmus+ Launches in Bacolod City: Empowering Teachers in the Emerging Challenged Areas Through Teacher Formation

In an unprecedented effort to forge a network of higher education institutions, associations and stakeholders and create a system of quality, motivation and support to teacher training and empowerment, the much-anticipated Project FORTH Erasmus+ has been officially launched in Bacolod City on February 19, 2019 at Balay Kalinungan, University of St. La Salle. This pioneering initiative promises to bring together the diverse perspectives and experiences of educators and stakeholders from the different participating higher education institutions in the Philippines, partner universities and international organizations in Europe, and associate partners towards the goal of bringing quality education to emerging challenged areas in the Philippines.

 

Project FORTH: Formation of Teachers for Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines

Project FORTH, which stands for "Formation of Teachers for Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines," is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union that has a mission of reforming higher education degree programs particularly teacher education to make it relevant for the learner by enhancing employability, civic, social and cultural engagement.

Project FORTH aims to address the reality of education in low-socioeconomic-stability environments, where there are extremely particular requirements and contexts for both students and teachers. FORTH focuses in especially on how teachers' low self-esteem and motivation lead to absenteeism and attrition. It addresses this issue with a number of cooperative measures, such as highlighting the relevance of this mission for the eradication of poverty through education, emphasizing the significance of this task in developing new curricula, turning it into a master's degree, and finally into an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree while making it accessible to people already in the area on a part-time basis and those who make it a choice and a vocation to go to these areas. 

The Philippines was chosen as a pilot location, initially spurred on by the sheer number of children and youth, the nation's promising attitude towards education, the potential of many of its teacher education programs, and the country's use of English as the primary language of instruction. In order to meet this requirement, FORTH was created and has now been launched in the Philippines.

 

Building Lasting Partnerships and Embracing the Erasmus+ Spirit

Project FORTH launching is just the beginning of a long and hopefully fruitful journey. The aim is to establish lasting partnerships between Philippine and European partner universities and stakeholders from participating organizations. These connections will open doors for future collaborations, research, and innovations. The Erasmus+ program has a proven track record of fostering international understanding and cooperation among institutions worldwide. Project FORTH fully embraces this spirit, aiming to create a network of seasoned educators who are equipped to address global challenges collectively.

Five Philippine strong and complementary universities compose the participating higher education institutions in the country. These are: Polytechnic University of the Philippines - PUP (Manila), Centro Escolar University - CEU (Manila), University of Southeastern Philippines - USeP (Davao), West Visayas State University - WVSU (Iloilo), and the University of Saint La Salle - USLS(Bacolod City). 

Three European universities leading  in educational reform represent the European partners. These are: University of Groningen (UG) in Groningen, the Netherlands, and International Tuning Academy - Project Coordinator; University of Deusto (UD) in Bilbao, Spain; and International Tuning Academy University of Bologna (UniBo) in Bologna, Italy. There are two international organizations in Europe that are part of this collaboration:  Education for an Interdependent World (EDIW) in Brussels, Belgium, a forerunner in the reform in Higher Education in Europe, which serves as Project Co-coordinator; and  Fundación Intered in Madrid, Spain.

Other significant partners in the Philippines include: the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators (PAFTE), Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization -  Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH), and the Teresian Association International, Inc. (TAII). The Department of Education (DepEd) Divisions of Manila, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Davao comprise the associate partners in the Philippines.

 

Quotes from Key Stakeholders

Dr. Robert Wagenaar, Project FORTH Lead Coordinator and Director of the Tuning Academy of the University of Groningen:  "Project FORTH is a testament to the power of education in bringing people together. We are thrilled to launch this initiative in Bacolod City, where the warmth and hospitality of the community will undoubtedly enhance the cross-cultural experience for all participants."

Brother Joaquin Severino Martinez, FSC, President and Chancellor of the University of Saint La Salle stated that USLS and the La Salle Brothers are proud to support Project FORTH and its mission of bringing quality education in the challenged areas and teacher empowerment, as it resonates the Lasallian mission of educating the last, the least and the lost.  He added that he is looking forward to witnessing the positive impact this initiative will have on the lives of the participants and the communities involved.

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MEETING OF CULTURES: Project FORTH Philippines goes to Europe

When I learned about our study visit to Europe on October 31 to November 6, 2022 through an excellent project called the Project FORTH, I got so excited. To be honest, my excitement apart from the noble objective of this project was not because of the continent’s overrated tourist destinations that I would have a chance to visit, but because of its modern ways of life that I had long wished to observe even for a short period of time. As a journalist and student of sociology, my fascination has always been to compare our own culture to that of others to better understand how and why we do the things we do.

Project FORTH is about the Formation of Teachers in Emerging Challenged areas, a project initiated and led by some advocates and educators in Europe and the Philippines funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ program. The project tapped the expertise of five universities in the Philippines and three universities in Europe in creating an Education program specializing in teaching in challenged areas. These schools include Centro Escolar University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila, West Visayas State University in Iloilo,

 

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https://issuu.com/universitypublicationsceu/docs/22-23_ciencia_y_virtud_first_issue/s/26363919

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PUP offers new master’s in teaching in challenged areas

PRESS RELEASE: The program is under the College of Education Graduate Studies at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines main campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila

This is a press release from the Office for Teaching and Learning Development, Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

 

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https://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/pup-offers-new-master-teaching-challenged-areas/

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Lakbay Ata Project launched through exhibit

THE University of St. La Salle’s College of Education Student Council launches the year-long Lakbay Ata initiative with the exhibit entitled “Pag-ulikid: The Ata Exhibit” at Museo De La Salle Bacolod last November 21, 2022.

The exhibit showcases the lives and ways of the Ata tribes of the cities of Sagay and Cadiz, as well as the town of Don Salvador Benedicto

 

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https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1946805/bacolod/lifestyle/lakbay-ata-project-launched-through-exhibit

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PH-EU collab helping teachers in challenged areas close to good reviews

PASAY City – A major collaboration between Philippine and European universities ended on a positive note with good reviews given its various successes on March 23, 2023 at the Savoy Hotel here.

The 4-year collaboration is Project FORTH (Formation of Teachers in Challenged Areas) which seeks to empower teachers who are working in challenging areas and contexts that are out of the ordinary.

 

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https://wvsu.edu.ph/ph-eu-collab-helping-teachers-in-challenged-areas-close-to-good-reviews/

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EMPOWERING TEACHERS IN CHALLENGED AREAS: PH-European collaboration concludes at WVSU today

ILOILO City – The Final Dissemination and Send-off of Project FORTH, a collaboration between Philippine and European universities that aims to empower teachers in challenged areas in the Philippines, concludes today at the Cultural Center and Teleconference Room of the West Visayas State University (WVSU). This event is the second to the last leg of the project.

Project FORTH was launched in WVSU in February 2019 and Iloilo was one of the pilot areas. It succeeded in obtaining the approval of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in 2020 for the offering of the degree Master of Teaching in Challenged Areas (MAEd TCA) which is now available at WVSU, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Manila, and the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod City.

 

Read more:
https://www.panaynews.net/empowering-teachers-in-challenged-areas-ph-european-collaboration-concludes-at-wvsu-today/

 

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FORTH Project period extended until May 2023

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it has proven necessary to extend the FORTH project period to meet all objectives planned.

Although, tremendous progress has been made in developing the six FORTH modules for the Master specialisation, their testing in real time situations had to be postponed because universities and schools in the Philippines were closed for a long time.

Since the spring the situation has normalised again.

Online modes of learning were not perceived as an effective model for implementation and testing of the newly developed materials.

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WVSU Contingent Attends Project FORTH in Europe

West Visayas State University representatives are participating in Project FORTH meetings in Europe. As of this writing, WVSU President Dr. Joselito F. Villaruz is attending a dissemination session at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Project FORTH, or Formation of Teachers in Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines, aims to develop a network of Higher Education Institutions, associations, and stakeholders, creating a system of quality, motivation, and support to teacher training in a number of emerging challenged areas in the Philippines that could serve as a model of teachers training for similar contexts in the world.

 

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https://wvsu.edu.ph/wvsu-contingent-attends-project-forth-in-europe/

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CHED, PUP Project Forth delegates attend Erasmus Plus International Study Seminar in Europe

The Commission on Higher Education, selected higher education officials, and faculty from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Centro Escolar University, University of Southeastern Philippines, University of Saint La Salle, West Visayas State University, and Department of Education teachers attended two days of international synchronic study seminars in Bologna, Italy; Bilbao, Spain; and Groningen, Netherlands on November 2-3, 2022 and two days information and reflection meetings in Brussels, Belgium on November 4-5, 2022.

Best strategies from the outcomes of action research were highlighted during the meetings. Based on the modules developed for MAED – TCA students, participants also discussed how students may successfully implement their work in challenged areas after graduation. Dr. Ma. Junithesmer D. Rosales, Transnational Management Committee member and PUP Cluster Coordinator, discussed the meaning and spirit of Project Forth and dissemination activities during the meetings held in Bologna, Italy and Brussels, Belgium.

 

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https://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=KdHOSzapWuk%3D

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Send-Off Program in Manila, Philippines

The closing and send-off program was an event that marked the culmination of the project. With a grand gathering of important personalities from the Philippines and Europe as well as stakeholders who are instrumental in the fruition of the project, the event at Savoy Hotel in Pasay City on March 23, 2022 showcased the important outputs and milestones pre-pandemic, during, and post pandemic. It was a testament to the products of everybody whose hard work, commitment and dedication to the project will leave a lasting contribution to the field of education.

A series of activities followed, including visits on March 24 to Centro Escolar University and PUP and their Manila partner schools and communities, March 25 in USLS Bacolod, March 26 at an Aeta community in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, March 27 in WVSU, and March 28 and 29 in USeP Davao and its partner community for a project called “Education behind bars.

In sum, the efforts of the institutions in this endeavor paved way for the popularization and recognition of the project not only in the Philippines but also in neighboring countries in the ASEAN region, United States, and Europe. 

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Project FORTH in PAFTE (Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators) Mid-year Convention

The Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators made instrumental contributions in the dissemination efforts of Project Forth. It shared in its conferences and webinars Forth main objectives, expected outputs and outcomes, the key players and all others involved, and the line up of activities. Through PAFTE’s international convention attended by less than 3,000 deans of teacher education institutions, teacher educators and basic education teachers in the Philippines the what, the why, and the how of Project FORTH were disseminated. Hence, through PAFTE the convention served as an avenue for Project FORTH dissemination.

During the 51st PAFTE International Convention held via Zoom Communications on October 20-21, 2022, Dr. Ma. Rita. D. Lucas, Centro EscolarUniversity institutional coordinator, introduced and explained Project FORTH. Dr. Emma. T. Melgarejo, Academic Director and Project Coordinator for Asia and the Americas for Education for an Interdependent World, emphasized Project FORTH as she talked on “Collaboration and Innovation”. A panel discussion on the Project FORTH action researches conducted under the leadership of the Project FORTH institutional coordinators from each of the five ( 5) lead universities, namely : Dr. Ma. Junithesmer D. Rosales (Polytechnic University of the Philippines), Dr. Ricver Ureta (University of St. La Salle, Bacolod), Dr. Ma. Asuncion Christine Dequilla, West Visayas State University) and Dr. Adora Zerrudo (University of Southeastern Philippines) was an important feature of the PAFTE international convention. The Project FORTH institutional coordinators served as panelists and Dr. Lucas as moderator.

The action researches completed by the Department of Education teachers with the guidance and expertise of the Project Forth cluster coordinators and members were presented in June 15-16, 2023 Mid-year PAFTE convention held online. 

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EU International Fair

Representatives from Project Forth attended the EU International Fair on October 2, 2022 that aimed at highlighting various international projects in Asia. Dr. Emma T. Melgarjo spoke on the objectives of the training of trainers as well the submission and approval of MAED-TCA proposal to CHED.

On the other hand, Dr. Julia Gonzales Ferreras talked about the project as it moves to prospects in the future. Prior to this topic, she also discussed the extension of the major (MAED- TCA) beyond the Forth consortium; creation of a national professional support community; development of research on challenged areas; connecting with similar successful experiences in other parts of the world; replication of Forth experience in other parts of the world; and joint masters program with European universities.

While, Dr. Robert Wagenaar discussed the outcomes of Forth and its specifics aims like a master’s offering, specializations based on the six modules developed by the project, a repository of methodologies, a learning community, and experiences which will be a robust basis for thesis writing and further research.

The local counterparts in the person of Dr. Ma. Asuncion Christine Dequilla of West Visayas State University and Dr. Ricver Ureta of University of St. La Salle shared how the project began in the Philippines, the initial steps with several launchings and meetings that took place in 2019. Also, they explained the Spirit of Forth and the best practices from the action researches which became one of the outputs of the project. 

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European Partnership and Exposure in Europe

Besides this, in the last year of the project, the EU partners were tasked with organizing “exposure experiences” in the EU for course writers and institutional and higher education authorities from the Philippines. The broad aim behind these visits was to let the Philippine partners get first-hand experience of educational projects in challenged areas and create opportunities for them to interact with practitioners and researchers who work with less advantaged population groups with the shared aim of allowing every person (child, adolescent or adult) who wants to pursue primary or secondary education to do so.

For University of Deusto, the initial reflection when designing the ‘exposure in Europe’, was to identify which schools, initiatives and experiences would address the main challenges in the local society, which might contribute as benchmarking and be relevant for the Philippine colleagues. Ethnic and cultural diversity and socioeconomic inequality were identified as main elements that could constitute a relevant input in this respect. Moreover, the visit was built around the desire to reflect on other experiences and initiatives that would transcend the regular formal schooling and would show different approaches of community involvement in the education of children in challenged areas. For the activities that took place at the university premises, the main goal was to share experiences and good practices with faculty and researchers, in order to exchange information on projects and create synergies across institutions and between the Philippine Universities and Spanish academics.

For University of Bolognia, it was important to present the challenges faced in the region (Emilia-Romagna), mostly related to inclusion (in Italy there are no special schools and students with disabilities go to mainstream schools), immigration (due to the high number of students of 1st and 2nd generation coming from abroad), multi grade classes (especially in the mountains), and teaching in plurilingual classes. Exchanging good practices between Italy and the Philippines was also an important aim of the visit. Moreover, it was deemed interesting to present the internationalization at UB - in teaching/learning, research and public engagement, as well as in the way in-service and pre- service teachers are trained. The schools visited in the challenged areas were selected among those with whom UB has been collaborating for over 15 years, gradually strengthening relations and developing action research initiatives, as well as inviting teachers from these schools to offer workshops to pre-service teachers pursuing their degrees at UniBo.

For University of Groningen, the focus was on inviting local researchers and teacher educators to engage in dialogue with partners from the Philippines and, similar to the other two universities, on selecting challenges that could be global, regardless of the Dutch context being seemingly very distinct from that of the Philippines. The challenges selected were those of a (total) loss of motivation causing children and adolescents to stay at home rather than go to school, of parents lacking basic (linguistic) competences to be able to support their children through the educational process, and of a drastic decline of employment opportunities in the area, which affects socio-economic status of the population groups and the perceived value of education.

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Study visit Philippines partners to Europe

From 1 to 6 November 2022 the five teams of the Philippines partner universities, accompanied by their president will make a study visit to the three EU partner universities, followed-up by a visit to Brussels.

Also representatives of non-university partners, such as CHED/Ministry of Education will participate in the visit.

The members of the group are divided over the three EU universities for two days meetings.

They will pay visits to the university involved as well as two schools.

The visit to the universities is followed-up by a two day visit to Brussels.

In Brussels the representatives will meet colleagues interested in the topic of the project to discuss its findings so far.

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‘First of its kind’: Launch of the first FORTH Master in the news

The MAED-TCA recently opened by PUP is program is under the College of Education Graduate Studies at the PUP main campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

“MAED-TCA is a first of its kind in the country and it hopes to attract local and foreign students who are interested in exploring the contexts of teaching in challenged areas,” Rosales said.

CHED approved the offering of the program in February 2021 for three universities within the Project FORTH consortium or the “Formation of Teachers in Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines.”

 

Read more:
https://mb.com.ph/2021/11/2/first-of-its-kind-masters-in-teaching-in-challenged-areas-now-offered-by-pup

 

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FORTH presented at European Higher Education Fair 2021

Project FORTH presents its initial outcomes at the European Education Fair 2021 in the Philippines. FORTH has been invited by the European Commission to showcase the relevance of Capacity Building projects for both the countries involved as well as international cooperation.

Due to the COVID-2019 pandemic the event is fully online. All five university teams as well as the coordinating institutions will play an active role in the presentation.

The event will take place on 1-2 October 2021. See for more information:
https://www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/philippines/virtual-european-higher-education-fair-2021-offers-filipino-youth-chance-go_en?s=203

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Project to help teachers in ‘challenged areas’ launched

ILOILO City – To raise teacher motivation and the development of quality education in challenged areas of the Philippines, Project FORTH was launched at the West Visayas State University – College of Education (WVSU-COE) on Thursday at the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Main Hall.

Project FORTH means Formation of Teachers in Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines. It is co-funded by the Erasmus Programme of the European Union that has a mission of reforming higher education degree programs particularly teacher education to make it relevant for the learner by enhancing employability, civic, social and cultural engagement.

 

Read more:
https://www.panaynews.net/project-to-help-teachers-in-challenged-areas-launched/

 

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FORTH - Formation of Teachers in Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines

The project FORTH (Formation of Teachers in Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines) aims to develop a network between higher education institutions, associations and stakeholders to create a support system for teaching quality and teacher motivation.

This training model will be tested in some areas of the Philippines and could be later transferred to other similar international contexts. The project is confronted with the reality of teaching in challenged areas and with the specific needs of both education actors: teachers and students.

 

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https://site.unibo.it/almaengage/en/projects/forth-formation-of-teachers-in-emerging-challenged-areas-in-the-philippines

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