Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Do you want to learn Mandarin in Taiwan?

The best way to learn a foreign language is to be in place where it is spoken. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has announced various scholarship programs open to qualified Filipino students. One of them is Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarship which allows applicants to choose to pursue either 2 months […]

February 3, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Education, Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Scholarship opportunities

I’d like to share here fellowship opportunities – two for journalists and two for students. Please take note of the deadlines for the submission of applications. The Jefferson Fellowships offer print and broadcast journalists from the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands the unique opportunity to gain on-the-ground perspectives and build international networks to […]

January 9, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Education  No Comments

New UNICEF Rep is a Balikbayan

For Lotta Sylwander, her assignment to the Philippines as UNICEF Representative, is actually a homecoming. Sylwander, from Sweden, was a backpack tourist way back in the 70’s and 80’s. She met and married (they are now divorced) someone from the Rojas family of Cavite. They have two children. Sylwander arrived in Manila last April and […]

June 24, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Disasters, Education, Health  3 Comments

Making sure calamity-resilient classrooms will be built as designed

Every time there’s a place in the country hit by a typhoon, a landslide, or an earthquake, a common post-calamity sight is school children having classes under a tree exposed to elements. That situation would be minimized, if not completely eliminated, if the Department of Education’s new school building design would be built according to […]

June 4, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Education, Malaya, Vera Files  6 Comments

Kristel’s death is a wake-up call

Even as there are some people who want to fan the outrage over the death of 16-year old Kristel Tejada, a freshman student at The University of the Philippines, Manila, the UP leadership promises to “take the necessary steps to address the policy and administrative issues that are related to this unfortunate tragedy. “ Tejada […]

March 18, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Education, Malaya  405 Comments

Principal says Pagadian City school is a tragedy- in- waiting

I got this letter from Tess Tarranza, principal of Otto Lingue National High School in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. With the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck in Eastern Samar last Friday; 5.9 in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao last Monday, 5.6 in Bukidnon and PAGASA’s statement that they are expecting about 10 more typhoons before the […]

September 4, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Education, Environment, Malaya  299 Comments

10 things UPCAT takers should know

By Amer R. Amor,VERA Files You are aware that the University of the Philippines is the country’s national university. And according to the international research organization Quacquarelli Symonds Intelligence Unit’s (QSIU) report on Asia’s top universities, UP is the best university in the country. As your research will tell you, many of the nation’s movers […]

August 3, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Education, Vera Files  11 Comments

Students used as human stand for electric fan

Julie Alipala of the Philippine Daily Inquirer posted last Sunday in her Facebook page a photo that was appalling and disturbing. The picture was the inauguration of a three-storey, 27-classroom building of the Zamboanga City High School. The guest of honor was Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro. The host was Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat. […]

July 19, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Education, Human Rights, Malaya  37 Comments

Two OFW kids shine in int’l moot court tilt

By Mylah Reyes,VERA Files WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two children of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) helped propel the University of the Philippines College of Law into the circle of the world’s top four law schools, after taking part in the most prestigious moot court competition in the U.S. Christopher Louie Ocampo, whose father works as a pumpman for […]

April 4, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Education, General  10 Comments

DepEd questioned on P1.32B textbook contracts

By Yvonne T. Chua VERA Files If things go as planned, the Department of Education will start delivering this month 61.4 million copies of textbooks and teachers’ manuals worth P2.58 billion to public elementary and high schools nationwide. The shipments consist of some 40 titles, both old and new, all of them expected to be […]

December 5, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Education, Vera Files  3 Comments