60 Kindergarten teachers, 58 Math teachers and 20 Home-based educators gathered for the KATHA 2014 launch held on July 12, 2014 at Valenzuela National High School. The 10-day staggered schedule training-workshop was initiated by the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA), Office of Cong. Magtanggol “Magi” Gunigundo and the Educational Resources on Multilingualism and Multiculturalism for All Teachers (ERMMAT) in cooperation with the Valenzuela Department of Education, University of the Philippines Family Life and Child Development group (UP FLCD) and UP Layap.
The plenary session started with the opening remarks from Dr. Willie Cabral, DepEd Superintendent Division of City Schools Valenzuela, followed by a keynote address given by Cong. Gunigundo. He talked about MTB-MLE provisions of the new K-12 Law (RA 10533).
Fr. Benjamin Alforque, MSC of CFA gave a talk on Integrating Values and Culture in Education, while Dr. Ricardo Ma. Nolasco, associate professor of the UP Diliman Department of Linguistics discussed What MTB-MLE is and What it is Not.
Parallel sessions began on the afternoon. The resource speakers were Ms. Micah del Mundo, Ms. Charla Santiago and Mr. Lester Lim of UP FLCD, and the math duo Ms. Pauline Mangulabnan of DLSU, Manila and Mr. Robert Contreras.
KATHA aims to continue and sustain the efforts of stakeholders in orienting, educating and preparing the teachers, school heads, parents and communities to support the new language-in-education policy of the government. The resource pool for Katha 2014 includes experts from CFA, UP Diliman, De La Salle University Manila, Colegio de San Agustin Manila, University of Sto. Tomas and Ateneo de Manila University.
The book “Social Media and the New Evangelization” authored by Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC is available here at Communication Foundation for Asia. After many years of conducting workshops on social media all over the country and even in some Asian countries, Fr. Stephen has amassed a great deal of experience and know-how on the subject. He explains that the main mission of the book is “to help evangelizers develop social media fluency and show them how to refine, develop and nourish their creative abilities so that they will constantly reinvent themselves and offer new possibilities for the New Evangelization.”
Fr. Stephen’s book is full of original photos, illustrations, tips and insights, encouraging all to engage in social media: “Social media is a powerful way to proclaim God’s Word in an innovative, attractive fashion. You do not have to be a computer geek to do this. You only need to be fluent in social media – to be technologically and pedagogically proficient in the use of photosharing, videosharing, gaming, social networking, and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). And, of course, you must also pursue a deep, prayerful life, have insatiable passion for evangelization, and always strive for world-class professional excellence in your work.”
The book responds to the challenge posed by the Catholic Church to its members. Pope Benedict XVI, in his message for the 47th World Communication Day, stated that the “digital environment is not a parallel or purely virtual world, but is part of the daily experience of many people, especially the young.” He stressed that social networks are “portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization. It is therefore an imperative that catechists and youth ministers engage in social media to become better evangelists and influencers of the young.”
For more information on the book, please contact the telephone numbers 713-2971 or 713-2981 to 85, locals 162 and 163, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Do you need a Retreat Master, or an inspirational/motivational speaker, for you and your group? Fr. Richie Gomez of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC), offers to share the Good News–in most cases, at no cost to his audience, this being part of his ministry. Fr. Richie is qualified and experienced to talk about the application of the Gospel in everyday life. Call or text him at 09266405474. Or E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the MSC Website, www.misacor.net. MSC is a mission partner of the Communication Foundation for Asia.