The University of Saint La Salle (USLS), in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and four major universities in the Philippines, namely Centro Escolar University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, West Visayas State University, and University of Southeastern Philippines, will host a two-day national webinar on December 2 and 3, 2021
via Zoom, with the theme, “Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Building Intercultural Relations in the Challenged Areas.”
This two-day webinar is part of the teacher formation program of Project FORTH or Formation of Teachers in the Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the EU and approved for implementation by both the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education. The aim of Project FORTH is to develop a network between higher education institutions, associations and stakeholders to create a support system for teaching quality and teacher motivation, in order prepare Filipino public school teachers to teach in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas, conflict areas, economically challenged areas, and the indigenous communities. As such, the participants in this webinar series will be public school teachers from various DepEd schools all over the country stationed in the challenged areas.
This two-day seminar will formally commence on December 2, 2021, with a keynote address by the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker, Her Excellency Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo, Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines. This webinar series will cover pertinent topics such as intercultural communication and intercultural relations as they apply to the emerging challenged areas. The invited speakers are Dr. Antoinette D. Cortez of West Visayas State University, a holder of Doctorate Degree in Reading Education and Mr. Teodoro Brawner Baguilat, Jr., a politician and activist focusing on indigenous people’s rights and the rights of the minority groups. The panel of reactors will include representatives from the Alternative Learning System, Indigenous Peoples, and urban area stakeholders. The USLS Project FORTH webinar series working committee is headed by Dr. Ricver P. Ureta, Dean of the College of Education and by Dr. Sheila T.Uy, Chair of the Secondary Education Department.