Israel to help Davao City enhance public high school curriculum
Representatives from the City Government of Davao and Department of Education-Davao City Schools Division visited Israel late April for a partnership on education cooperation and enhancement with a non-profit organization.
The partnership project aims to adopt a public high school in Davao City and turn it into a center and role model of excellence in technology and methodology with the incorporation of Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics or iSTEAM curriculum.
ORT Israel, a leading educational network in Israel for science and technology education, invited the delegates from Davao City to observe the implementation of its iSTEAM curriculum for public high schools in Israel.
The curriculum envisions to raise students’ curiosity for iSTEAM related subjects, to prepare them for academic studies, careers and research opportunities, and to foster the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, top engineers and responsible social leaders.
The delegation visited ORT Israel’s Research Center, three public high schools, and one college to observe the implementation of the curriculum and innovative methods of teaching in Israel’s public high school system.
DepEd-Davao City Schools Division has identified Davao City National High School, F. Bangoy National High School, and Mintal Comprehensive National High School as the pilot schools for the project.
The visit was organized through the assistance and coordination of the Israeli Embassy in the Philippines and non-profit organization PassItForward.
The delegation was composed of Assistant City Administrator for Operations Atty. Lawrence D. Bantiding, Davao City Investment Promotion Center Officer-in-charge Lemuel G. Ortonio, and Mintal Comprehensive High School Principal Johnito Galan.
Education is among the priorities included in Mayor Inday Sara’s 10-point agenda and one of the priority investment areas of Davao City.