Philippines – On April 2023, – The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA has taken a significant step towards advancing digital education by organising the Digitech Teacher’s Capability Programme. The programme aims to equip teachers with the necessary skills to navigate the evolving technological landscape. The programme commenced with a special ceremony where 28 teachers were awarded ICDL certificates for ICT in Education upon completion of the certification test.
Mr. Damien O’Sullivan, CEO of the ICDL Foundation, was invited as the Guest of Honor to present the ICDL certificates to the teachers and deliver a speech about ICDL to the students, faculty, and staff members of the University during the ceremony.
The initiative to achieve 100% ICT-certified teachers under the Digital Teacher’s Capability Programme holds great significance in the current era of digital transformation. By embracing the programme, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA aims to ensure that its teachers are well-prepared to incorporate technology effectively into the education system.
During the opening address, Ms. Marjorie S. Tangog, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, emphasised the need for teachers and students to be flexible and adapt to the changing world. She stated, “The transition from a VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) to a BANI (Brittle, Anxious, Non-linear, and Incomprehensible) world requires everyone to embrace digitisation and be tech-ready for future jobs.” The Digitech Teacher’s Capability Programme is aligned with this vision and will empower teachers to enhance their digital competencies.
Dr. BGEN Antonio Lapral Tamayo, the University Chairman of the Board and CEO, has been a driving force behind the programme. With a vision to pioneer formal digital education in the Philippines and promote technology and innovation in education, Dr. Tamayo aims to elevate the technological skills of Filipino students.
During the ceremony, the university also shared the background of the DigiTech Programme Initiative and insights into the DALTApproach of DigiTech for both basic and tertiary education levels. The programme focuses on preparing students for future job opportunities by integrating various ICDL modules into the basic education curriculum for K12 students. Currently, efforts to integrate ICDL modules into the tertiary education curriculum are in progress to ensure that students across all levels benefit from the programme.
The commitment of the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA to enhancing digital education is commendable. By fostering a culture of technological proficiency among teachers and students, the institution is preparing them to thrive in an increasingly digital world. The Digitech Teacher’s Capability Programme, with its emphasis on ICDL certification and the seamless integration of digital modules, stands as a crucial step towards achieving this overarching goal.
ICDL – The Digital Skills Standard