FORTH -Formation of Teachers in Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines


















Unibo structure involved: Department of Education Studies "Giovanni Maria Bertin"
Scientific manager: Elena Pacetti
Unibo Team: Elena Pacetti, Ira Vannini, Paola Villano

Action type: Capacity Building in higher education
Project Reference: 598409-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

Start Date: 15/11/2018
End Date: 14/11/2021

Total: 999.720,00 € 
Unibo: 50.000,00 €

Coordinator: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and International Tuning Academy (NE)

Five Philippine Universities

  • Polytechnic University Of The Philippines –PUP (Manila) (Ph)
  • Centro Escolar University – CEU (Manila) (Ph)
  • University Of Southeastern Philippines – UseP (Davao) (Ph)
  • West Visayas State University – WVSU (Iloilo) (Ph)
  • University of Saint La Salle – USLS (Bacolod City) (Ph)

Other Partners in the Philippines

  • Commission On Higher Education – CHED (Ph)
  • Philippine Association For Teachers & Educators (Pafte), Inc. – PAFTE (Ph)
  • Southeast Asian Ministers Of Education Organization – SEAMEO – INNOTECH (Th)
  • Teresian Association International, inc. - TAII (Ph)

European Partners

  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (It)
  • University of Deusto, Bilbao (Es)
  • Educacion Para Un Mundo Interdependiente-Education Pour Un Monde Interdependant-Education In An Interdependent World, Brussels (Be)
  • Fundacion Intered, Madrid (Es) 

FORTH (Formation of Teachers for Emerging Challenged Areas in the Philippines) aims to develop a network of higher education institutions, associations and stakeholders creating a system of quality, motivation and support to teacher training in a number of emerging challenged areas in the Philippines that could serve as a model of teacher training for similar contexts in the world.

It addresses the reality of teaching in socio-economic deprived areas with very specific needs and contexts for both children and teachers. FORTH particularly addresses teacher´s loss of motivation and self-esteem ending in absenteeism and attrition. It addresses this challenge with a number of joint measures such as bringing to the forefront the relevance of this mission for the eradication of poverty through education, highlighting the importance of this task creating new curricula and developing it into a Master and then into an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree while making it accessible to a) people already in the area (part time) and b) those who make it a choice and a vocation to go to these areas. The curricula will be designed jointly by specialists from Phil and EU, having a critical mass 10 per university fully trained (total 50 people) and making it a centre of excellence by research and international links. Other measures relate to a plan for BA students, willing to take their practical year in these marginal areas, learning and taking part in the project. Further, the project will foster the creation of University clusters, learning communities of university- school teachers (in the selected areas as a pilot) enjoy join learning activities related to exploit specific methodologies existing for these type of teaching and use and build new material relevant to the children´s in these areas to learn and create self-esteem, sense of value and conviction that they can make it. Web repositories and audiovisual material will be created jointly the Master students and the teachers in the area. FORTH intends to be a pilot in the Philippines to be replicated in other parts of the world, making a network of interested partners. FORTH counts on a privilege team both in Phil and in EU and particularly it counts on the presence and support of the Ministry of Education of the Philippines.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union