“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ” – Alvin Toffler
Learn. Unlearn. Relearn. These words from Alvin Toffler play a huge role for 21st century education. The curriculum, teaching methodologies and assessment have undergone a major ‘face lift’ over the years. Change has come especially for teachers. Gone are the days where educators are stuck in a four-walled classroom giving lectures and tests. Today’s molders of future leaders have side-line duties as accountants ( MOOE liquidation, anyone?), computer operators ( hello ICT coordinators!) and researchers( salute to our Master Teachers!), to name a few.
But there is one role of teachers which them to inspire young minds to be an active part of society and that is being campus journalists. Campus Journalism is stipulated in R.A. 7079 “AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF CAMPUS JOURNALISM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES” which moves the government to develop budding writers, and points the Department of Education to manage competitions, press conferences and training seminars for student writers and for teacher coaches/mentors.
Speaking of training, DepEd Region 8 hosted a Regional Enhancement Training for Division Mentors on Campus Journalism last June 4-7, 2016 for Elementary School Paper advisers and June 7-9, 2016 for Secondary Batch. This training envisions to upgrade the teachers’ journalistic skills so as to cascade their learning to their respective school divisions and more importantly, to their young journalists.
Enough of lengthy introductions…hehe. Let’s get it on!
Morning of June 4, 2016 we traveled to Tacloban City and were accommodated at Villa Lolita Apartelle. Each room has its own entertainment set, dining and kitchen area, bathrooms and ….a fridge! We just love this place! Check these photos out…
The training was held at Leyte National High School, Tacloban City participated by school paper advisers, division mentors/coaches and journalism coordinators in the region. Different journalistic categories were tackled with corresponding write shops to practice skills.
This year’s training was significant with the presence of Dr. Gerry Alkuino, a multi-awarded teacher-journalist who authors various journalism books.
First day of training also means first chance of ‘gala’. The ‘Lagalag’ team Ma’am Libeth, Sir Raymond, Sir Carmel and myself went window shopping at Robinsons Tacloban.
And the training continued…
Break-away sessions were established wherein participants underwent workshops together with the expert regional trainers. This is where much of learning, unlearning and relearning took place.
After a mind-wrecking write/workshop, Maasin City Division campus journalism mentors garnered some best outputs in News Writing, Copy reading and Headline Writing, Editorial Writing, Editorial Cartooning, Feature Writing, Radio Broadcasting, among others.
But above all, what’s best in affairs such as this is being able to brush elbows and bond with co-educators. Learning valuable insights from campus journalism experts is also a plus factor. It’s such a sight to behold and a wondrous moment to remember.
June 7, 2016. The four-day workshop has come to an end but in reality, the training would never cease as we continue to transfer what we have learned to our respective divisions, schools, co-mentors and pupil-writers. We are your Maasin City Division mentors, and we will work together to develop social awareness among young citizens through campus journalism. So help us God! 🙂
Ooops, not so fast! View this video Regional Enhancement Training for Division Mentors on Campus Journalism to see what we were up to during this event. Thanks for dropping by and see you in my next post! 🙂