BUCE welcomes SEA Teacher Delegates

Tuesday January 15,2019

The Bicol University College of Education (BUCE) formally welcomed the three exchange student-teachers, under the SEA-Teacher Project of the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), during a welcome and orientation program this January 14 at the BUCE’s CTE Training Hall in Legazpi City.

BUCE organized the said program for I Gusti Ayu Ananda Pandansari, 21 years old and a fourth year student specializing in English Education from University of Mataram in Indonesia, and for Natwaraphorn Thammakas, 20 years old and Chalit Meekom, 21 years old, both specializing in English, Counselling Psychology and Guidance from the Lampang Rajabhat University in Thailand. During the program, they were introduced by the international linkages coordinator of the college, Dr. Hennie Lomibao.

Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas, SUC President IV of BU, and Dr. Helen Llenaresas, the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), were present to share their messages to the foreign students and the audience composed of BUCE faculty from the elementary, high school and college levels, and selected practice teaching students.

Also, during the program, Dr. Marcia Corazon Rico, Associate Dean, introduced the key officials and students of the College of Education. This was followed by the orientation given by Dr. Lorna Miña, Dean of BUCE and the heads of the BUCE Integrated Laboratory School (BUCEILS)-Elementary and High School Departments, Prof. Rita Lina and Prof. Merriam Maldo, respectively. Dr. Sherry Orozco, the Experiential Learning Coordinator, gave some final reminders to the delegates before the end of the program.

Now on its seventh batch, the said project, also known as the “Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia” started mobilizing practice teaching students across member-universities in Southeast Asia in 2016. With its first time to participate, BUCE also sent two of its own student teachers to University of Mataram-Indonesia in the persons of Jesse Nacional, a mathematics major and Maria Shelley Sabularse, an English major, while Carla Amarille, also an English major and Kaila Mae Llorando, a biology major were sent to Suratthani Rajabhat University in Thailand for the one-month international teaching immersion.

In attendance during the program were the five student teachers from the Palawan State University who were also received by BUCE a week earlier. They are delegates of the Erasmus Mundus Student Exchange Program of the Network of Normal Schools (3NS) of which BUCE is a member. (Prof. Ma. Cienna Jaucian –BUCE)