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Topor inspires teachers in 1st Lambunao Educ Summit

Over one thousand teachers and LGU personnel of the Municipality of Lambunao gathered at the Iloilo Convention Center on February 18, 2017 for the Lambunao Education Summit 2017 with the theme: “Teachers for Lambunao: A Partnership for Quality Education.”

The restructuring of the Philippine Education System to K-12 program poses many challenges to the government and the clamour to promote quality education moved different stakeholders in the Municipality of Lambunao to gather in a one-day Summit that inspired and united education stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges that the Philippine Education System is facing.

Spearheaded by Lambunao Mayor, Hon. Jason R. Gonzales, the Summit brought together teachers, LGU representatives (barangay and municipal officials), community members and other stakeholders to discuss ways in troubleshooting the Municipality’s problems, among which, are the low National Achievement Test (NAT) scores and high dropout rates. District Supervisors and School Principals presented not only the accomplishments but also the challenges that their schools are facing.

Former Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, the Keynote Speaker, shared his observation when he was still with DepEd that “the best schools are those who are partnered with involved LGUs, specifically at the barangay level.” He further underscored that it is possible for the Municipality of Lambunao which is composed of 73 barangays with about 80,000 population to aim for zero dropout and reduction in percentage of non-readers.

Among the invited speakers was Dr. Vivian Azucena-Topor of the Department of Chemistry, CAS-UPV who inspired the teachers with some guiding principles in becoming an effective educator. She encouraged teachers to 1) own their calling, 2) work hard, 3) make a difference, 4) invest on others (students), and 5) leave a great legacy. Awarded as the Community Biochemist in the “2016 The Many Faces of the Teacher (TMFT)” organized by the Bato Balani Foundation Inc., Dr. Topor also shared her experiences as a TMFT Honoree and told them that her passion in teaching pushed her to come up with innovative ideas to make her chemistry classes fun and exciting for her students. She created games such as ChemTrump, ChemSquabble, ChemFactory, ChemSearch and ChemPuzzle. Dr. Topor also shared how she partnered with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and LGUs in Region VI to train technicians on how to use the Cassava Cyanide Color Wheel Test Kit which she developed in 2016.

The afternoon session of the Summit focused on a workshop in identifying problems, gaps and possible solutions to the identified problems, and ended with commitment setting and launching of the "Teachers for Lambunao".

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