Rural Initiative for Science Education (RISE) in Philippines
I lead Pueblo Science’s international RISE program, which will show local teachers how to include new experiments in their classrooms and how to connect scientific concepts to daily life. Topics to be covered during the workshop will include environmental protection, water purification, sexual health and renewable energy.
Teachers attending the training will come from various communities of Palawan, Philippines, and they will be recruited in collaboration with Holy Trinity University and the Department of Education. Priority will be given to teachers from remote areas.
$16,000 to train 120 teachers from remote Palawan, Philippines on how to use locally available materials to create science kits that can be integrated into the local curriculum and that help young students understand the connections between human activity and their communities.
Follow-up activities include coaching students on their science fairs and science club projects. We will also monitor which activities were implemented by the teachers, and how their students reacted.
Date and Location of Training
May 22-24, 2019
Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Classrooms in Remote Communities of the Philippines: Challenges on the Ground
Students from remote communities of various Philippine provinces continue to perform poorly on national assessment tests in math and science. Teachers and students typically live in remote villages with no electricity, surrounded by rolling mountains once covered by thriving tropical forests and the sea once filled with corals and fishes. The forests have been stripped of their natural assets and buildings were built to cater to tourism. The coral reefs are destroyed due to unsustainable fishing and tourism practices. Many of these communities also do not have access to sexual health education, as a result teenage pregnancies are very common.
Local science teachers often do not have the background to develop learning activities that help young students understand concepts that relate to communities, environment, and health. The teachers currently teach physics, chemistry, biology, and math to students in grades 7 to 12. But in many cases, teachers are educated as generalists and are themselves not specialists in any field of science. A recent nationwide curriculum change forced them to teach all disciplines even if they were not trained in these subjects.
The teachers receive little to no government support, and everything they currently use in their classrooms is paid out of pocket. In some cases, they ask their students who often come from impoverished families to bring materials for the activities.
We work with teachers who are dedicated and eager to learn how to encourage their students to take an interest in science and engineering. The teachers travel for hours to the training locations from remote communities across Philippines, using their own money and giving up vacation time to attend our training because they believe it will help them inspire their students.
Who Am I?
My name is Mayrose Salvador and I am the executive director and co-founder of Pueblo Science. I have dedicated my career to engaging and inspiring youth to pursue a lifelong interest in science and engineering. I strongly believe that good science education and great role models could end the cycle of poverty in remote areas of the world. As scientists and engineers, we can contribute to this world by solving important challenges and inspiring the next generation to follow in our footsteps.
I completed my PhD in optics and nanotechnology from the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Minnesota. I have over 18 years of teaching experience at all levels of study.
Where Your Donation Goes
|Cost ($)||Quantity||Total ($)|
|Subsidies to help 4 Canadian and 3 Filipino scientists/engineers/educators reach teachers in Palawan|
|International travel (portion)||250||4||1,000|
|Local flight and transportation||200||7||1,400|
|Materials for experiments during workshop||2.5||1,200||3,000|
|Materials for experiment development||200||10||2,000|
|T-shirts for instructors & volunteers||10||50||500|
|Program Development & Instructor Training||2,000||1||2,000|
|Total Project Cost||$ 13,500|
The 120 teachers that will be trained in Palawan, Philippines will yearly engage at least 7,200 students. Based on previous programs implemented in the Philippines, we expect the following impact
- Students’ attitude towards science turns positive
- Students will turn what they learned in their science class into a livelihood project or a project that benefits their community
- Teachers and students are inspired to create science fair projects and science clubs
- Teachers will start holding peer training camps and student camps outside of their classrooms
- Teachers create their own science kits using local resources