Scholars gather at first ‘Innovation Kapihan’

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 The people behind Bato Balani Foundation with their scholars and speakers

The people behind Bato Balani Foundation with their scholars and speakers

The first batch of Bato Balani Innovation Scholarship recipients gathered recently for the first Innovation Kapihan, a program designed by Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI) for its Master of Arts in Education major in e-Learning scholars.

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Danilo Bilbao Jr., Noel Hermano, Ceazar Ian Torres, Benito Quinit Jr., Eliza Garcia, and Jovelyn Lucero spent an afternoon outside of their regular class schedule to learn from the experiences of other educators in implementing e-learning in their own schools.

To kick off BBFI’s 25th anniversary celebration, it awarded scholarships to basic education teachers to give them an opportunity to pursue a master of arts in education degree at Miriam College.

The six scholars are educators and professionals from various schools. Bilbao and Quinit are both from De La Salle Araneta University, Hermano is from Malate Catholic School, Torres is from Canossa School, Garcia is from Southernside Montessori, and Lucero is from Integrated Montessori Center.

Two school leaders were invited to share their experiences in implementing 21st century education in their schools.

Ana Eva Bolinao, grade school principal of Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, and Teresita Arcos-Surot, directress of Holy Family School of Quezon City, talked about their journey towards e-learning in their respective schools.

The relaxed and light atmosphere of the event allowed a freer discussion that ranges from dealing with colleagues who remain close-minded to the idea of e-learning to trending topics in Philippine education, like how the government is coping up with the changes brought by e-learning.

The Master of Arts in Education major in e-Learning, a pioneering postgraduate program of Miriam College, aims to develop professionals in the field of education and training to become competent in designing, implementing and managing e-learning initiatives and services.

Launched in September 28, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the Bato Balani Innovation Scholarship is also part of BBFI’s 25th anniversary celebration. It covers the entire tuition fee of all the scholars through Diwa Learning Systems Inc.

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