The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Department of Education are offering a scholarship for public school teachers in cultural education to expand the teachers’ knowledge in Philippine culture and their application in culture-based teaching of basic education.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the scholarship program will enrich the teacher-scholars knowledge of the culture and the arts and how to communicate them to the students. “This program is important because it will deepen our teachers’ appreciation of local history, heritage and the arts in the context of contemporary Philippine realities which they can, in turn, impart to our students,” added Luistro.
The first phase of the teachers’ scholarship for the graduate certificate in culture education will start in the summer class of 2012 while the second phase will be in the summer of 2013. Each phase will consist of 12 units each. Successful graduates of the program have the option to continue on to the Master of Education, major in cultural education.
The program will be offered in the following higher education institutions (HEIs): Bicol University, Bulacan State University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Calamba City, Cebu Normal University, Isabela State University in Echague, Isabela, La Salle University in Ozamis City, Manuel S. Enverga University in Lucena City, Palawan State University, St. Paul University of Surigao and Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City.
The scholarship program is a ladderized curriculum designed for public school teachers of any subject area. Interested applicants may apply for the scholarship in any of the above HEIs nearest to them.
NCCA will provide the scholarship grant consisting of full tuition, registration, workshop kits and a stipend of P5,000 for meals, accommodation and other sundry expenses. The transportation to and from the venue shall be shouldered by the teacher- scholar which may be charged to local funds.
The deadline for the submission of nomination/application is on March 23, 2012. The implementing HEIs shall act on the nominations/applications on a first-to-submit, first-to-be-processed basis. Class sessions will start on April 16, 2012.
Inquiries to the program may be directed to Director Elmar Beltran Ingles of NCCA at telephone number (02) 527-2192 local 305.
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