BUILD STRONGER FOUNDATIONS: Enhancing the Resilience of Schools during COVID-19 and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Philippine education sector to upgrade its capabilities to deliver remote learning. With more than a year spent in distance education, schools reflect on how the current disruptions would impact them in the long run. Providing school leaders and subject area coordinators a safe space to discuss this is one of the main objectives of Diwa iFLEx for Home-Based Education (Diwa iFLEx Season 2), held last April 16, Friday. The last out of the five learning sessions of this run was attended by around a thousand educators from Mindanao.

This year’s Diwa iFLEx highlights the possible changes in education in the coming months and the post-pandemic future. It also emphasized how schools can contribute to the reskilling and upskilling of their learners and teachers for dramatically altered and non-traditional learning and teaching scenarios moving forward.

Mr. Edizon A. Fermin, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs of National Teachers College, led the discussion. As a published researcher and national trainer advocating learner-centered outcomes-based education, he has coached teachers from preschool to tertiary levels and even technical and vocational schools.

During his talk, he noted that for schools to discover their next plan of action, they need to assess and analyze how their stakeholders (i.e., teachers, students, and parents) reacted to the learning continuity