PH educators tackle challenges of Asean

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Top educators from the country’s national academic sector will convene from December 2 to 3 at the SMX Convention Center to discuss and properly address the challenges of Asean integration to the Philippine education.

Dubbed as the biggest and most important gathering for the national academic sector, the national education conference will help educators respond properly to the challenges of globalization and related government initiatives, particularly the impact of Asean 2015 and the Philippine Qualification Reference Frameworks, to the education sector in the Philippines.

The forum also aims to develop “competitiveness and sustainability” of schools as part of their response to the challenges posed to the Philippine Education system.

Speakers in the forum include Sen. Edgardo Angara who will talk about the “Philippine Education Road Map for Asean 2015”; Teresita Manzala, chairman of the Professional Regulation Commission and Chairman of Task Force Asean Qualification Reference Framework 2012-2014; Education Secretary Armin Luistro and Dr. Patricia Licuanan, chairman of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).


Other education executives who will be present in the event are Education Undersecretary for Finance and Administration Francisco Varela; Carolina Porio, executive director for the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE); Bro. Narciso Erguiza Jr., president of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines; Dr. Isagani Cruz, president of The Manila Times College; Education Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Dr. Dina Ocampo; Sr. Ma. Corazon Manalo of DC-St Louise de Manillac Education System Technical Vocational Education; lawyer Teodoro Pascua, Tesda Deputy Director General for Field Operations; Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, founder of Bagong Henerasyon party-list and vice chairman of Technical Vocational Schools Association of the Philippines; Dr. Ma. Cynthia Rose Bautista, commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education and Dr. Jose Paulo Campos, president of the Emilio Aguinaldo College and also Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Foreign speakers will also be part of the event. Vivien Stewart, senior education advisor of Asia Society, will discuss “Gearing up for Global Competitiveness: Education Reform and Change Beyond Asean 2015” while Andrew Sng, senior partner and managing director of Decision Processes International Asia will give a talk entitled “Moving Forward from Mere Existence to Distinct Relevance: A Strategic Thinking Approach.” Dr. Sascha Hechmann, meanwhile, principal of Shanghai American School Puxi High School Campus in China, will talk about “Teaching and Assessing 21st Century Skills.”

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