September 22, 2021— Three Filipino public school teachers and alumni of the Korea-Philippines Teacher Exchange Programme (KPTEP) were recognized in the recently-concluded Asia-Pacific Teacher Exchange for Global Education (APTE) Best Practices Award.

Teacher Noel V. Sadinas from SDO Nueva Vizcaya placed second while Teacher George B. Borromeo of SDO Manila and Teacher Honey Rose V. Yu Vega with her Project Tudlo, a community reading tutorial of SDO Cebu City bagged third place. They were among the 18 winners of the contest from all over Asia-Pacific.

“We took these challenges as our weapon to prove that teachers like us can do more and be more. The launching of KPTEP’s local programs opened new doors of opportunities and more support was poured. It is a matter of determination and compassion towards education. It is very fulfilling to claim our achievement with the challenges we have been through,” Teacher Yu Vega said.

The contest was opened for all alumni of KPTEP from 2012 to 2021. Apart from Korean Teachers, teachers or mentors from partner countries are also allowed to send in their submissions for the contest.

Prizes for the winners include the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) Director’s Award, the opportunity to attend the SSAEM Conference to present their essays, and a cash reward.

“In KPTEP, I started to accelerate my speed as an educator. With the advocacy of the KPTEP Alumni Association (KPTEPAA) in partnership with the DepEd International Cooperation Office on Global Citizenship Education (GCED), I was able to maximize my full potential as we were encouraged to introduce our Re-Entry Application Project (REAP),” Mr. Borromeo shared.

The recognition encouraged KPTEP educators to share their experiences in APTE. They submitted essay with supporting documents like photographs and video presentations to display their understandings, learnings, education, changes, practices, and other experiences that they gathered during the Programme.

“I always believe that opportunities to understand other cultures would always enhance the competence and commitment of our fellow teachers in terms of effort to create learners who are respectful of diversity,” Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said.

The KPTEP is developed as part of the Asia – Pacific Teacher Exchange for Global Education to support the enhancement of the quality of education in the Philippines through the capacity–building of its key educators and schools.