US and Synergeia Foundation Train Filipino Educators in Early Childhood Literacy
Manila, August 2, 2022—Nearly 100 educators from across the Philippines recently attended US-led training workshops to improve participants’ skills in teaching English to young Filipinos.
U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Dr. John Groch and Synergeia Foundation, Inc. Vice President Antonio Torralba congratulated ninety-nine school administrators and teachers from the Kindergarten to Grade 3 who attended the “Integrated Early Childhood Language Learning” training workshops held in Manila from July 25. at 28.
“These early childhood literacy workshops provide opportunities for greater U.S.-Philippine collaboration, consistent with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s priority of building Filipino English skills, which he has emphasized in his inaugural State of the Nation address,” said Dr. Groch.Vice President Torralba also offered guidance to attendees on applying their new skills in their respective communities.
A team of three American English language specialists in early childhood literacy—Dr. Elaine Gallagher, Dr. Constance Dziombak and Professor Ann Mayeda—traveled to Manila from the United States and Japan to facilitate these training workshops sponsored by the United States Embassy with support from the Synergeia Foundation, Inc.
Following the July 29 training workshops, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided over 1,500 books to participants and facilitated a session on basic education literacy-related trainings developed by USAID.