The Department of Education (DepEd) CALABARZON in partnership with Atikha trained 59 teachers to implement its school-based program for children and families of migrants. The training was conducted at Casa Palmera Hotel in San Pablo City, Laguna on October 2-4, 2018. Mr. Bernie Pascual, Migration and Development (M&D) Focal Person of DepED CALABARZON and Ms. Venus Endozo-Florentino of DepEd Laguna organized the training of teachers.
The training as designed by Atikha dealt with the challenges faced by children left behind by their migrant parents. It guided teachers how to effectively assist children of migrants cope with their separation from their parents. The training tackled the following topics: Understanding Migration Realities, Addressing Communication Gap, Savings Consciousness and Gender Sensitivity. The training was made possible through the assistance of UN Women.
Some of the teachers who were trained were children, siblings or wives of land-based and sea-based workers. They appreciated the training as a much-needed intervention because they have experienced themselves the challenges of being a part of an OFW family. The seminar participants witnessed the growing negative impact of migration on their students. A teacher-participant commented: “Before, we could only watch. We were helpless because we did not know what to do about it. Now, we are glad that we can do our share in supporting the children and also their families.”