Celso lauds Taluksangay teacher for int’l award PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 April 2012 14:49

The Taluksangay Filipino teacher who represented the country in the 2012 Innovative Teachers Leadership Award- Asia Pacific Region Competition held in Auckland, New Zealand has given the city another pride after being selected as one of the 13 finalists to compete in the World tilt set in Athens, Greece sometime November.

As this developed, Mayor Celso Lobregat, expressed commendations to Shateen Seraña for her feat and for bringing pride and honor to Zamboanga and the country.

Seraña, accompanied by Councilors Abdurahman Nuno and Lilia Nuno and Taluksangay National High School principal Sitti Amina Alam paid a courtesy visit on Mayor Lobregat in City  Hall yesterday morning where she presented to the chief executive her trophy and certificate.

The chief executive said Seraña’s innovation on mangrove planting, her winning entry, has tremendous impact to efforts on environmental protection in the face of global challenges such as climate change. 

Seraña was one of the 3 Philippine representatives to the Asia Pacific competition for 2012 Innovative Teachers Leadership Award organized yearly by the Microsoft Partners in Learning. It was held in New Zealand last March 20-22.

Of the total 63 participants representing the 13 countries- Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam—13, to include Seraña were adjudged to have the best presentation on project-based learning activity and named as finalists in the forthcoming world competition. The finalists represent the 13 countries from the Asia Pacific region.

Seraña’s entry focused on mangrove planting in the Muslim-dominated village. The project has multi-pronged objectives but ultimately it intends to develop communication skills of students using various communications media by engaging them to conduct community extension activities that address a relevant issue which is rampant disregard for the environment, specifically cutting down of mangrove trees.

The project involved students and parents of various Muslim tribes- Samal, Yakan, Tausug and Badjao. Despite   limited technology, students were able to document their project and did seminars on mangrove planting in the community which led to greater awareness on coastline rehabilitation through mangrove planting. The impact that the project made on the lives and values of community members earned the judges’ nod.

Searaña said the project is an output of a seminar-training program on project-based learning (PBL) approaches held at the behest of the Coalition for Better Education (CBE), a Cebu-based organization. PBL approaches focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the 21st century skills as bases for learning competencies. This training program is conducted annually by CBE in partnership with Globe Telecom and the Department of Education.

As this developed, Seraña, with the assistance of her principal and Councilors Abdurahman Nuño and Lilia Nuño is now undertaking preparations for her presentation in the world competition in Greece set in November. — Sheila Covarrubias