Albay teacher receives Nat’l Geographic plum
By Connie D. Calipay
A teacher from Albay Central School has given honor to the education agency in the region after being one of the awardees chosen by National Geographic this year from over 1000 project proponents from different countries worldwide.
Mayflor Marie Jumamil, Department of Education (DepEd) Bicol spokesperson, in an interview on Friday, said Ranielle M. Navarro, Teacher III of Albay Central School’s project, “A Call to Solution: Goals for Environmental Oversight or also called ACS GEO,” aims to train and involve learners as young citizen scientists and journalists.
“Navarro’s project enabled her to donate 10 tablets to ACS as part of the project. These gadgets are installed with the software app called Marine Debris Tracker App. The software application is a user-friendly platform that engages the learners in geocaching and environmental education and action despite the current remote learning setting,” Jumamil said.
It will also provide a series of webinars with internationally and locally renowned speakers on environmental science and digital technology.
Jumamil quoting Navarro said the project aims to develop citizen scientists and environmental leaders among our learners as we use digital tools.
Her love for teaching and innovation inspires her to conceptualize the project despite the dire situation brought about by the pandemic.
She told her co-teachers, “As educators, it is important that we create learning opportunities for our learners despite the limitations we have. I saw the remote learning setting as an opportunity to make our learners explore their community as a laboratory for learning using geocaching and digital storytelling. Through the ACS GEO project, we were able to continue to develop our learners in becoming global citizens and environmental leaders despite the hurdles of this pandemic.”
Since April 2021, Navarro has been hosting a series of webinars with different topics streamed on her school’s FB Page.