Education summit eyes transformation of schools for learners

By Leilanie Adriano

May 19, 2018, 1:05 pm

<p><strong>EDUCATION SUMMIT.</strong> Participants of the education summit in Ilocos Norte conducted by the Ilocos Norte Schools Division Office. The summit which aims to come up with strategies on how to stay relevant for the children’s future was held on Friday (May 18, 2018). <em>(Photo by Leilani Adriano) </em></p>

EDUCATION SUMMIT. Participants of the education summit in Ilocos Norte conducted by the Ilocos Norte Schools Division Office. The summit which aims to come up with strategies on how to stay relevant for the children’s future was held on Friday (May 18, 2018). (Photo by Leilani Adriano) 

LAOAG CITY -- The Department of Education’s (DepEd) office in Ilocos Norte sees the need for the education curriculum to be re-engineered to keep pace with the ever-changing technology and align it with the requirements of present-day learners.

With these objectives, Schools Division Supt. Vilma Eda on Friday hosted a whole-day education transformation summit, presenting the strengths and weaknesses of schools in Ilocos Norte and to come up with strategies on how to stay relevant for the children’s future, held at the Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center here.

Traditional classroom discussions often monopolized by teachers with chalk and blackboard are no longer the norm, hence DepEd Ilocos Norte continues to implement the whole brain literacy system or self-mastery among its teaching and non-teaching personnel, Eda said.

The training course focuses on the seven domains of self-mastery, such as to think, communicate, intuit, feel, do, lead and learning to improve one’s self.

Eda said 2,000 more employees are waiting to be trained under this self-mastery training.

Aside from the conduct of a series of leadership training courses and improvement of offices and classrooms so these can become conducive for a healthy working environment, DepEd Ilocos Norte is also implementing its Information and Communication Technology program focusing on the needs of learners.

In Lanao Elementary School for example in Bangui town, Eda reported at least four sets of robots are ready to be utilized by its Kinder to Grade 3 pupil.

She expressed hope that in the near future, all other schools in Ilocos Norte would integrate robotics in their curriculum for elementary grades.

“In small things that we do, we should work towards this aspiration. Let us work together and constantly innovate so that we can always come out with better ways to serve our stakeholders,” said Eda, as she underscored that transformation is not free and needs a lot of hard work to realize.

The education transformation summit also witnessed the awarding of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification to the Ilocos Norte Schools Division Office (INSDO).

The ISO standards require an organization to enhance customer satisfaction through effective and efficient application of its system and processes.

Of the more than 200 DepEd schools divisions in the country, Ilocos Norte is the first division in Region 1 (Ilocos) to be ISO-certified.

The awarding was one of the highlights of the education transformation summit, attended by some 1,400 participants composed of DepEd officials and employees from the different primary and secondary schools of the province, Parent Teacher Association, local government units, and other non-government organizations, including DepEd Undersecretaries Annalyn Sevilla for Finance Budget and Performance Monitoring and Lorna Dig Dino for Curriculum and Instruction. Both served as resource speakers in the plenary sessions.

For her part, DepEd Regional Director Alma Ruby Torio has lauded the Division of Ilocos Norte for being one of the very few schools divisions in the country with ISO certification.

“It is a coveted achievement and I congratulate the leadership of the INSDO for your hard work,” said Torio.

She likewise urged the summit participants to nurture children and help them survive the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

“We can’t undermine the presence of the digital world. We need to integrate and transform our education. Let us collaborate with one another,” Torio said, as she reiterated to teachers the need to listen to their learners, parents and community; and for school heads to listen to their teachers. (PNA)

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