Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Holy Land: An educational project

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HOLY LAND.
A project for educators from six public and private schools takes place at the Educational and Cultural Center of the Pontifical Mission (formerly Library of the Pontifical Mission) led by members of the Teresian Association.

The first training-seminar and workshop, facilitated by Nenita Tenefrancia and Monnitte Monana, took place in February at the Pontifical Mission Educational and Cultural Center (formerly Pontifical Mission Library) where 14 language teachers coming from three private schools and three government schools actively participated. This is part and parcel of the implementation and integration of the educational activities in the third-graders language classes of the six schools involved in this 3-year project. 

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The first training-seminar and workshop, facilitated by Nenita Tenefrancia and Monnitte Monana, took place in February at the Pontifical Mission Educational and Cultural Center (formerly Pontifical Mission Library) where 14 language teachers coming from three private schools and three government schools actively participated. This is part and parcel of the implementation and integration of the educational activities in the third-graders language classes of the six schools involved in this 3-year project. 

Nenita Tenefrancia’s input on ‘how to educate in difficult times…’ focused on the pedagogy of St. Pedro Poveda, which highlighted the three elements in education, i.e. our world, the educator and the school. The SWOT analysis facilitated by Monnitte Monana made them aware of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the educational system they are having.  

This impelled them to take action, i.e. either to adapt or to improve some of their teaching methodologies.  In general, the training-seminar they went through served as a springboard to make teaching and learning more enjoyable for both teachers and students.  It was also an opportunity for them to grow in their commitment as educators and to contribute to the growth of their students.

Integration in Education

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The varied educational activities integrated by the teachers in their lessons helped enhance pupils’ capacity to learn. In line with the objectives of reinforcing the teaching-learning process in the classroom. these  activities stimulated pupils’ interest and active participation in the class, thus encouraged teachers to be more creative and challenged them at the same time to employ other teaching aids and techniques in teaching.

The pupils’ responses toward these educational activities were very positive and encouraging.  They got motivated as shown by their enthusiastic attitude and active participation in the activities which were introduced whether in the classrooms or during their visits to the Pontifical Mission Educational and Cultural Center. They demonstrated interest and willingness towards the lesson and got enthusiastic in learning something new.  

The process helped the active and fast-learner pupils as well as the weaker ones.  According to the teachers’ observation, the weaker pupils in the classroom improved in their performance since their capacity and skills were tapped and given importance during class recitations, were encouraged to participate, and felt integrated with the rest of the class.  Also, the visits to the library contributed too to a mental shift in the learning process of the students.  

Other activities such as spelling contest for example has stimulated students’  capacity to write correctly the dictated words since this is not something being practiced or encouraged both in private and government schools.  The students realized their weakness in this aspect thus made a resolve to improve their reading, writing and language skills.  At the same time, activity such as this helped them build new words,feel more confident of themselves, learn and enjoy working as a team, and even be more persistent in improving their reading and writing skills.

Summer Camp on Personality Development

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A hundred and nineteen young people from ages six to eighteen years old joined enthusiastically this year’s summer camp aimed at developing their personality. This four-week long summer camp which started on the 10th of July  until the 4th of August passed unnoticed as the majority of the participants got intensely involved in the various activities during the days of the camp.  

The participants for this year’s summer camp enjoyed learning, sharing, working, and playing together as though they had time for everything.  Sustained fun and enjoyment from the very first day of the camp until the last day was evident since activities  have been singularly varied for each day. 

Information and photos from Monnitte V. Monana

 

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