Teacher Shateen Serana will be sent to Prague to represent the country in Microsoft’s Partners in Learning worldwide advocacy program
(L-R): Clarissa Segismundo, Education Program Lead, Microsoft Philippines, Secretary Armin Luistro, Department of Education, Shateen Serana, Teacher, Taluksangay National High School, Zamboanga City
November 2012, Manila, Philippines — After a year-long search and throughout the Philippines, representative, Shateen Serana, a teacher at Taluksangay National High School, bested the competition to emerge as the country winner who will be representing the Philippines in the global competition from November 27 to December 1, 2012 in Prague.
Serana’s winning entry was a mangrove reforestation program designed and organized by her students which they learned from seminar sessions with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. They then passed on what they learned to members of the community and local government units to implement the reforestation project and help better their community.
The ITLA is part of Microsoft Philippines’ Partners in Learning worldwide advocacy to improve education. The program was launched in the country seven years ago and since then it has worked with the Department of Education (DepEd) in implementing skill-training programs and helping schools prepare and enriched teachers Information Technology (IT) knowledge and skills. This year, over 60 participants from 11 countries around Asia Pacific participated in the program and over 500 will compete globally.
“I feel very honored to represent my country in Microsoft’s global competition in Prague this month,” said Serana. “Microsoft’s ITLA program has helped me develop a whole new approach to teaching and I was able to help more people than I thought I could. I really hope I win so that I can show my community that anyone, no matter who you are or what you do, can help create significant change for the benefit of your community.”
“Microsoft Philippines is committed to empowering the schools and their communities through our Partners in Learning program,” said Clarissa Segismundo, Education Programs Lead, Microsoft Philippines. “We believe that technology is not only a tool that can help educate young minds but an instrument that can help improve, strengthen and enhance the learning experience of both teachers and students. “
To learn more about Microsoft Partners in Learning program and other country winners, visit www.pil-network.com
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