MANILA — In its thrust to deliver quality education, the Department of Education (DepEd), provincial government of Negros Occidental, and University of St. La Salle inked a memorandum of agreement on Project Flagships to Reach Educational Excellence (FREE)–Paglaum, a program that will provide 1,560 full scholarship grants to qualified public elementary and secondary teachers of Negros Occidental.Project FREE-Paglaum aims to enhance the teaching skills of public school teachers by offering an 18-month structured Master in Education program (non-thesis) for classroom teachers, a 24-month masteral thesis program, and a 30-month doctoral program for school administrators.
Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC underscored the importance of investing in the continuing education of teachers and school administrators. He said that through scholarship grants for them, they will be able to push forward the educational reforms for the benefit of the Filipino learners.
He said, “Our task as teachers is not only to educate a child. First and foremost, our task is to keep learning everyday.”
“As we welcome you to this program, think of the substantial difference you make to your students,” Luistro added. He said that teachers who would finish the program should be able to pass on to the learner “the joy of learning” and be able to “offer new knowledge–the knowledge that they can bring with them, and the discipline of knowing how to learn on their own.”