Aside from us, his parents, the person who will perhaps have the most influence in our child's way of thinking, the decisions he makes, or the actions he takes is his teachers. Like you, they see your kid's potential and work hard to get him to learn, have courage, and go out of his comfort zone.
We need more teachers who can inspire our kids, so we are spreading the word on a teacher scholarship campaign. It's called Step Up(Scholarships for Teacher Education Programs to Upgrade Teacher Quality in the Philippines), a project of the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) with support from the Department of Education and the Australian government.
Step Up will provide Certificate in Teaching Program (CTP) scholarships to 1,000 deserving college graduates and professionals who are expected to teach at public schools by 2019.
The CTP scholarship is worth P140,000 and will cover full tuition and miscellaneous fees, monthly allowance, semestral book and uniform allowance, thesis allowance, reimbursable health allowance, graduation fees and more. It also covers one-time relocation allowance and monthly dormitory allowance for applicants who live far from Step UP's partner schools.
Here is how one can apply: Step 1: Choose a partner school. Step Up's partner universities include University of Santo Tomas, Philippine Normal University, Ateneo de Naga University, Cebu Normal University, Xavier University, West Visayas State University, University of South Eastern Philippines, and Mariano Marcos and State University.
Step 2: Submit filled out application form and transcript of record or certified true copy of grades, certificate of general average, and two reference forms or recommendations from teachers or employers
Step 3: Take the Philippine Aptitude for Teachers (PATT). There is no need to pay for the exam.
Step 4: After passing the PATT, the applicant will have a panel interview with the selection committee. Be ready with documents such as birth certificate, certificate of good moral character, resume, and a teaching demo to show them your teaching skills.
Putting the spotlight on a scholarship program for teachers is a video that features the grade school teacher of journalist Atom Araullo.
Sansan Mallillin Borja was Atom's teacher when he was in Grade 3 in Ateneo De Manila University. She encouraged him to try out for the lead role in the school play, Oliver. The young Atom then said, "No, teacher, I'm shy." But Borja wouldn't accept no for an answer. Atom eventually auditioned, and he got the part.
That little deed by Borja made a huge impact on Atom's life. "Masaya ako dahil napasaya ko sina Mama at Papa. Pero lalong nakadagdag sa aking galak ang makitang proud na proud ka sa akin," Atom wrote in a letter to Borja, which she partly read in the video.
Reflecting on Atom's words, Borja shared, "Sometimes it's something just as simple as that, that you see something in the student and you push them. And I think from then, [Atom] never looked back. From Grade 3 onwards until he was in Grade 7, he was the lead the school play because he already discovered that kind of talent."
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Atom's letter ended with, "Lalo tuloy akong namangha nang iaalay mo ang iyong buhay sa isang napakahirap nguint napakarangal na propesyon. Sabi mo sa akin noong isang linggo sa Facebook, proud ka sa akin. Pero ang totoo, mas proud kami sa 'yo. Maraming salamat, Ma'am Sansan." The teacher returned the thanks, too.
Do you know someone who has the potential like Borja to mold minds and make our kids' wishes come true?