DepEd, US introduce program on Futures Thinking for Education

THE Education Department recently partnered with the United States government to launch a training program on co-creating learning spaces for the future.

The Leaders In Futures of Education (LIFE) course will teach teachers and administrators on ways to collaboratively design and plan for innovative future-learning spaces that will maximize children’s language and literacy. After the course, participants will develop local prototypes of the said spaces.

“We are taking this challenge even beyond this administration,” said former education undersecretary Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan. “Within the overall framework of [the department’s long-term goal for the Basic Education Development Plan 2030, the one for] enhancing the capabilities of our education leaders and movers remains relevant especially within and beyond crisis and uncertain futures.”

Fifty school leaders and teachers from the National Capital Region, Calabarzon and Tuguegarao enrolled in the LIFE course.

With its All Children Reading Philippines project, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to improve early-grade reading skills for 100 million children by supporting the Department of Education.

“I hope…this course will help our partners gain necessary tools and insights that will help [them] come up with innovative ways to design and create…better education for the future,” said USAID Philippines Acting Education Director Yvette Malcioln.

The US government has been a key development champion in the Philippines for more than 60 years by working with individuals, communities and its local counterpart to improve everyday lives.

Image credits: US Embassy

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