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

By: Dr. Ma. Junithesmer D. Rosales - Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)

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.