The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) continues to enhance the quality and promote TVET in Asia Pacific region as it extended its support to Terrapinn Pte. Ltd. in organizing the first EduTECH conference in the Philippines on February 21 - 22, 2017 held in SMX Convention Center, Manila.
EduTECH Philippines intended to gather stakeholders coming from the education sector in the Philippines and challenge them in delivering 21st century education to all. For this inaugural year, Terrapinn was able to bring together around 2,000 participants and more than a hundred resource persons coming from different parts of the country and the globe.
The opening ceremony was graced by Honorable Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, who delivered the Guest of Honor’s Address. It was followed immediately by three keynote speakers on the following themes: The learning revolution you can’t afford to miss by Dr. Gary Stager of Invent to Learn; Collaboration, internationalization and the end of educational isolation by Mr. Jose Luis Yulo of Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands; and Filipino education in an ASEAN context – the opportunities and challenges, with Dr. David Santandreu Calogne of University of Adelaide as the moderator and Dr. Alfredo Pascual of the University of the Philippines, Dr. Rosario Lapus of Miriam College and Dr. Elias Sampa of United Campus of MGIS and AIS as panelists.
The two-day conference was divided into parallel sessions, roundtable discussions and seminars, with two major tracks catered to K-12 Education Leaders and Tertiary Leaders, and sub-tracks anchored on the following topics: Realizing the K12 roadmap; Fostering digital literacy; Building the classroom of tomorrow; Blended learning; Educational access and inclusion; Technology enabled learning; Skills development; Facilities transformation; TVET and alternate learning pathways; and Fostering research and development, and entrepreneurship.
In one of the parallel sessions on the first day, CPSC Director General Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane was given the opportunity to talk about the impact of changes in the labor market demands to necessary education priorities. While on the second day, he was engaged as one of the panelists in the discussion about the promotion of TVET as a viable alternative to university education.
On top of sessions is the exhibition where 30 educational technologies and services providers showcased the latest innovations, tools and services in educating 21st century learners.
EduTECH Philippines 2017 has elevated the networking experience among all education sector stakeholders in the Philippines.