BUTUAN CITY – November 23, 2018
Dr. Fidela M. Rosas, CESO V, DepEd Caraga’s OIC-Assistant Regional Director, challenged the education leaders participating in the Regional Training on Arabic Emergent Reading and Culture Awareness (AERC) – Basic Level to fully embrace Inclusive Education as an act of belonging to “one nation, one country, under one God.”
The five-day training, held at Dottie’s Hotel and Restaurant in Butuan City on November 19-23, 2018, aimed to equip participants with basic knowledge on Arabic language and culture for instructional supervision and for the promotion of respect and understanding of Muslim culture, focusing on appropriate pedagogies for handling classes under the Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) Program and on the conduct of monitoring, evaluation, and technical assistance to implementers across all levels.
Rosas, in her opening message, also emphasized that the participants must continue to learn Arabic language and culture even after the training. “Kinahanglan it will last for as long as you meet a Muslim in your life,” she said.
Composed of Division ALIVE Coordinators (DACs) and School Principals, the 36 participants were ALIVE Program implementers from 11 Schools Divisions of Caraga. (Only Dinagat Islands Division has no ALIVE Program due to the absence of Muslim communities in the area.)
According to Rhea Y. Yparaguirre, Regional ALIVE Coordinator and Training Manager, the Regional Trainers for the Basic Level Training were certified “Asatidz” or Muslim Teachers namely, Rakisa P. Sultan (Siargao), Kathleen Marjory J. Julius (Tandag), Omaya A. Mamao (Cabadbaran), Haniah A. Abdullah (Tandag), and Mosrifah G. Mangandog (Surigao del Sur), and Noroden A. Elian (Tandag).
Yparaguirre also said that the same participants shall undergo the Intermediate Level of said training on November 26-30, 2018 at the same venue, to be facilitated by a different team of Asatidz composed of Aliman B. Tunday (Agusan del Norte), Saldomar B. Tominaman (Butuan), Sadam D. Acob (Tandag), Abdul Gani M. Sidic (Bislig), and Woodrow Wilson I. Jumadia (Tandag).
The Program Management Team of the training is composed of Dr. Isidro M. Biol, Jr., CLMD Chief and Program Manager; Rhea J. Yparraguirre, Regional ALIVE Coordinator and Training Manager; Dr. Gladys S. Asis, Head of Secretariat; Dr. Jesus D. Nono, QATAME Associate; Dr. Josie M. Magsalay, Medical Personnel; Alma P. Llanos, Support Staff; Emma S. Abas, Process Observer; and Pedro A. Tecson, Documenter.