From 1 to 6 November 2022 the five teams of the Philippines partner universities, accompanied by their president will make a study visit to the three EU partner universities, followed-up by a visit to Brussels. Also representatives of non-university partners, such as CHED/Ministry of Education will participate in the visit. The members of the group are divided over the three EU universities for two days meetings. They will pay visits to the university involved as well as two schools. The visit to the universities is followed-up by a two day visit to Brussels. In Brussels the representatives will meet colleagues interested in the topic of the project to discuss its findings so far.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it has proven necessary to extend the FORTH project period to meet all objectives planned. Although, tremendous progress has been made in developing the six FORTH modules for the Master specialisation, their testing in real time situations had to be postponed because universities and schools in the Philippines were closed for a long time. Since the spring the situation has normalised again. Online modes of learning were not perceived as an effective model for implementation and testing of the newly developed materials.
The Manilla Bulletin informs the wider community about the launch of the first FORTH Master specialisation, in an article entitled: ‘ First of its kind’: Masters in Teaching in Challenged Areas now offered by PUP. It is mentioned in the article that apart from PUP, West Visayas State University has also started offering the program. University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod will offer it in the next school year. In Feb. 2021 the programme has been approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Ministry of Education.
It is explicitly mentioned that the Master is an outcome of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building Project FORTH, which is co-funded by the European Commission. See for the article:
Project FORTH presents its initial outcomes at the European Education Fair 2021 in the Philippines. FORTH has been invited by the European Commission to showcase the relevance of Capacity Building projects for both the countries involved as well as international cooperation.
Due to the COVID-2019 pandemic the event is fully online. All five university teams as well as the coordinating institutions will play an active role in the presentation.
The event will take place on 1-2 October 2021. See for more information: https://www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/philippines/virtual-european-higher-education-fair-2021-offers-filipino-youth-chance-go_en?s=203