Dr. Ruben L. Abucayon, faculty member of the College of Education (CED) was appointed by UNESCO Bangkok as Lead Trainer in the application of Project-Based Approaches in the 21st century classroom, a distinction conferred by Gwang-Jo Kim, Director for UNESCO Bangkok.
Abucayon attended the Asia-Pacific Regional Training Workshop for TEI-RDCs in Bangkok, Thailand on July 3-6, 2012. Conducted by UNESCO Bangkok and co-organized by the UNESCO Asia and the Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and Intel Education Initiative with the support of Korean-Funds-in-Trust, the workshop applied the ICT pedagogy-integration of the free UNESCO multimedia resources and interactive tools into teachers’ actual lessons.
Participating were 30 professional educators from 13 countries from the Asia and Pacific Region.
Besides the appointment, Abucayon also won First Place for “Best Lesson Plan Integrating Multi-Media.” The Second Place went to Mohan Palaniandy of Malaysia and the Third to Shesha Kanta Pangeni of Nepal. These top three awardees shared their learning plans to the participants to set standards and encourage collaboration.
During the closing ceremony, the participants pledged their commitment to concretize the targets and action plans in replicating the training workshop in their own countries through the “training prior to distribution” approach of UNESCO.