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BEAM in-service component, all set for last phase summer workshops

by Lorenzo E. Mendoza

Davao City (20 February) -- The In-Service Component of the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM), an Australian supported DepED project, will culminate its 4-year program with the last leg of summer workshops with the training of Grade V and VI and Fourth Year High School teachers of English, Science and Mathematics.

The training which targets approximately 12,485 teachers will cover the months of April and May, 2008 in Regions XI, XII and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Preparations for the said enhancement initiatives started as early as last year during the gathering of the Training and Development Needs Assessment (TDNA) from selected respondents representing the three regions.

The annual summer workshop commenced in the school year 2004-2005 with Grade IV and First Year teachers of English, Science and Mathematics as the beneficiaries. Grade III and Second Year and Grade I and II and Third Year mentors were trained in school year 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 respectively.

Prior to this last stage of training, three other workshops will be conducted in preparation for the summer training namely: the BEAM Specialists Training with 35 participants, Training of Trainers (348) and Training of Division Training Coordinators to Train Division Monitors (316) to monitor the summer trainings.

The purpose of the In-Service Workshops is to support the Department of Education (DepED) to implement the Basic Education Curriculum (BEC). The materials in-serviced are the Learning Guides flexible teaching and learning units based on the BEC Competencies which promote a student-centered, constructivist approach to learning.

Deborah H. Moulton, BEAM In-Service Adviser is upbeat about the prospect of completing the four year cycle of in-service trainings.

"The preparation is a thorough process but I know that with the efforts provided by the education leaders of the three regions, the commitment and perseverance of the subject managers and specialists to produce more Learning Guides (LeGs) and the willingness of the Materials Development Centre of the BEAM to reproduce the LeGs and other resource materials, everything is now in order," Ms. Moulton enthusiastically said when interviewed.

The BEAM project, which is about to enter its sixth year of existence, is a partnership between the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Australia with the grant funding support from Australia being provided by the Australian Agency for International Development(AusAID) through its Australian Managing Contractor, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) in conjunction with Coffey International

The implementation of the project is being managed by the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines through the Educational Development Project Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF). (BEAM-DepED Immersion Program/PIA XI) [top]

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