Philippine Department of Education welcomes first group of volunteer Chinese language teachers

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the Angeles University Foundation [Time]    2014-07-30 09:58:24 
 

PASIG, PHILIPPINES, June 11--The Philippine Department of Education (DEPED) held a welcome ceremony for the first group of 30 volunteer Chinese language teachers from Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). The ceremony was attended by the Undersecretary for Programs and Projects of the Philippine Department of Education Dr. Ocampo, the General Manager of the Department’s Foreign Language Teaching Programs, the Chinese language program leader, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the Angeles University Foundation Ms. Zhang Shifang, government funded teachers of the Confucius Institute, and 30 volunteer Chinese language teachers dispatched to the Philippine Department of Education. This is the first time that the Philippine Department of Education applied for the service of volunteer Chinese language teachers in its public education system. The 30 volunteer Chinese language teachers will be dispatched to seven regional education offices of the Philippines (there are altogether 17 educational regions) to carry out Chinese language teaching activities and participate in the development and construction of the SPFL-Chinese Language Program of the Philippine Department of Education.


Dr. Ocampo, Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Education, delivering a speech to welcome volunteer Chinese language teachers

At the ceremony, Undersecretary Ocampo first extended welcome to the teachers on behalf of Br. Armin, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Education. She expounded the significance of the Chinese language teaching program of the Department of Education and promised that she would try her best to ensure the smooth operation of the volunteer teachers’ work in the Philippines. She also asked the volunteer teachers about their feelings toward their first-time visit to the Philippines and hoped that they would cherish such a valuable experience of working overseas.

Ms. Zhang Shifang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the Angeles University Foundation, said in her speech that the Confucius Institute as a Chinese education partner of the Philippine Department of Education would further improve its construction work of public high school Chinese courses and do a good job in organizing and managing the teaching activities of the volunteer teachers.

Qin Xuan made a speech on behalf of the volunteer teachers. She said that everyone felt very proud to become a member of the Chinese language teaching program of the Department of Education. In the coming days, every teacher would abide by the rules and regulations of the Department and make great efforts to promote the development of its SPFL-Chinese Language Program through their serious working attitudes as well as professional knowledge and skills.


The Undersecretary having a cordial talk with volunteer teachers


The volunteer teachers offering a gift

Ms. Marivic who is in charge of the Chinese language program of the Philippine Department of Education made further deployment for the teaching, life and other things of the volunteer teachers.

The SPFL-Chinese Language Program of the Philippine Department of Education is intended to promote Chinese language education in Philippine public high schools, increase the students’ understanding of Chinese culture, and assist the Special Program for Foreign Language of the Department of Education in training local Chinese language teachers for public high schools. Since 2011, the Confucius Institute at the Angeles University Foundation has been an education partner of the Philippine Department of Education. This year, the Department for the first time applied through the Confucius Institute for 30 volunteer Chinese language teachers from Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). These teachers will be dispatched to various regions to participate in the Chinese language and culture education of nearly 100 public high schools, the training of local Chinese teachers, and other activities, which has attracted much attention from all circles of the Philippine society.


Group photo of Undersecretary Ocampo and other DEPED officials and volunteer teachers

By Ning Teng