BUTUAN CITY – January 29, 2019
Dr. Isidro M. Biol, Jr., DepEd Caraga’s chief of Curriculum and Learning Management Division (CLMD), provided a fresh and challenging perspective on the important role of mobile teachers in the implementation of the K to 12 Education in the country, calling them as the “salt of the earth, light of the world.”
Biol addressed this to the one hundred forty-one newly-hired mobile teachers during the closing program of the 3-day Orientation Seminar on ALS K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum, held on January 17-19, 2019 at the Mazaua Island Resort, Butuan City. The activity aimed to enhance their teaching skills, awareness, and understanding of the pedagogies and guidelines of the Alternative Learning System under the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.
“Your specialties are unique,” said Biol, “because you knock at the doors of adult learners in order for them to be educated.”
Noting that mobile ALS teachers face unique challenges in their respective assignments, Biol expressed confidence that they could attain the Department’s goal of providing special education to adult learners “so that these learners can be part of the educational ladder in our Philippine educational system.”
Reflecting on Matthew 5: 13-16, Biol told the participants, “you can be considered as salt of the earth because you mingle with all kinds of people with different upbringing and family backgrounds. You assimilate their culture and way of life, and you stay with them because you are their great motivators. I hope that you do not lose your saltiness.”
Following the same scripture passage, Biol also told them, “you are the light of the world because you are bringing the torch to give light to those people who don’t have proper education, and this torch is the knowledge and skills that you impart to your learners.”
Further, Biol challenged the participants to acquire and develop ICT skills, even assuring them of future trainings on the matter. “I challenge you to continue schooling,” he said, urging them to pursue graduate studies for their possible promotions. “Formal education and Alternative Learning System, for me, are not different, because we are the same teachers and we have the same items. We only differ in the way we deliver education to our learners,” he added.
In closing, Biol reiterated his challenge for them to live up to their calling as salt of the earth and light of the world saying, “Let this challenge remain forever in your hearts and in your minds, and let us continue serving the Department of Education for our people in the field who need education.”
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