At least 10 teachers from Davao City’s Mintal Comprehensive High school will go to Israel in November for a 10-day training.

This developed following the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Mayor Inday Sara Duterte and PassItForward, an Israeli non-government organization, for the project called Excellence in Education: A Lighthouse Project, at the Marco Polo Davao on Wednesday.

The MOA signing was witnessed by Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau.

Under the MOA, the parties acknowledged the importance of education as ‘the key to safeguard and secure sustainable development.’

Mayor Inday conveyed her gratitude to the Embassy of Israel and PassItForward for its generosity in choosing Davao City as the first beneficiary of the lighthouse project.

We are confident that this initiative will boost the capacity of the teachers of Mintal Comprehensive High School so that they may improve the way they each student education, science and technology, Engineering, Arts and mathematics”, Mayor Inday said.

Ambassador Matityau said that their main goal is the continuity and sustainability of the lighthouse project and expressed confidence that Davao City can find ways for it.

The issue is always continuity, we are taking to Israel so many trainees, but when they come back their is no commitment for continuity. We would like to change that and to dedicate the energy directly to change”, he said.

PassItForward founder, Samuel Weiss, stressed that through the lighthouse project, students can get the most advanced way of learning.

We could only promise you one thing, that this could be like the most advanced, I can honestly guarantee,” he said. “As much as you support us, you’ll get more knowledge, information and day-to-day involvement or activities in technology, math, robotics and more of that, and will create out of it a more powerful engine”.

Darwin Polido, PhD, one of the 10 teachers who will be sent to Israel, said that the training will be a big help for students, especially so that it can enhance their knowledge in technology since they will be using a 21st century classroom.

We will do away with the traditional way of teaching. With this, we can give innovation with our learning competencies and across learning discipline that can be applied in Science, Mathematics and other discipline”, Polido said. CIO