DepEd conducts Forum on Teachers Exchange towards Global Citizenship Education

September 6, 2017

PASIG CITY, September 6, 2017 – In line with the celebration of the sixth year of the Korea-Philippines Teacher Exchange Program (KPTEP) and the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN), the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted the Forum on Teacher Exchange Towards Global Citizenship Education on August 25 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office (CO) in Pasig City.
Headed by its External Partnerships Service (EPS), DepEd gathered all KPTEP Filipino exchange teachers from 2012 to 2017 to highlight the learnings and impact of the program by showcasing the projects that they have developed. It also aimed to give recognition tothe Ministry of Education (MOE) of the Republic of Korea through its Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU)for the six years of partnership with the Philippines.
In his welcome remarks, Undersecretary for Legal Service Alberto Muyot underscored the importance of the KPTEP, “Teacher exchange is one way for teachers to gain opportunity for professional development and to broaden their cultural experience to be efficient advocates of Global Citizenship Education (GCED).”
The GCED is one of the strategic areas of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Education Sector program for the period 2014-2021. GCED is guided by the Education 2030 Agenda and Framework for Action, notably Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4 on Education).
This calls on countries to ensure that all learners are provided with the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones discussed the objectives of the GCED. These are to: integrate in the curriculum the histories, practices, and cultures of other countries; appreciate the difference of multiple identities in each country; develop and apply critical skills; and recognize and examine beliefs and values.
The GCED also aims to develop attitudes of care and empathy for others and the environment, and respect for diversity; teach values of fairness of social justice and skills to critically analyze inequalities; and contribute in addressing various global issues, among others.
“And you have the ultimate goal, of course, which is really to provide our learners a more inclusive, just and peaceful world,” Briones pointed out.
Briones also highlighted the importance of building solidarity for global citizenship education. She further underscored the need to have platforms for meaningful exchange, where we can learn each other’s history, culture and circumstances to foster greater respect and tolerance for each other’s identity.
Moreover, Briones conveyed her hopes to also have an exchange program for students, “I was wondering if it is high time that we also start student exchange… This is happening in other countries… And after all, they are the objects of all our efforts and all our work.”
“We, in DepEd, will endeavor to cooperate, encourage, and to call for global citizenship. Not only through teaching, but also in the way we respond to issues, teach our children, and deal with our fellow humans on this planet,” Briones concluded.
As part of the celebration, KPTEP Filipino exchange teachers set up booths at the DepEd CO lobby, which displayed and presented both Filipino and Korean cultures.