“Hone your skills further and closely attend to children who have special learning needs.”
This is the marching order of Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC to some 546 Special Education (SPED) teachers and schools officials who will go on a 27-day intensive summer training to enable them to better attend to the educational needs of children who are gifted and those with learning disabilities.
The training program is for new teacher-scholars for the gifted /talented and those who attend to learners with disability. Also attending are returning teacher-scholars who handle students with visual and hearing impairment, those with intellectual disability, as well as learners with multiple disability with visual impairment (MDVI).
Luistro said it is the mandate of the State to make education accessible to learners with special needs under the inclusive education thrust of the department. “Our end-goal is to bring them to regular schools and guide them to live normal lives,” he added.
The training seminar will be held in three separate venues across the country. The Luzon leg will be from April 16 to May 12 at the Philippine Normal University in Manila to be attended by participants from Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A (CALABARZON), 4-B (MIMAROPA), National Capital Region (NCR), and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
In Mindanao which will happen on the same date as Luzon’s, the venue is the University of South Eastern Philippines in Davao City. This will be attended by teachers from Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, CARAGA, and the Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The Visayas leg will be at Cebu Normal University for attendees from Regions 6, 7, and 8. It will run from April 10 to May 5. The training for teachers who minister to children with MDVI is from May 7 to June 1.
Meanwhile, there will also be training for school principals and supervisors to upgrade their competencies in establishing and maintaining viable SPED programs in their jurisdiction.
The scholarship program aims to provide SPED teachers and school officials with knowledge and skills on various educational programs and interventions appropriate for children with special needs.
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