LIMAY, Bataan – Limay preschool teachers were treated to an International Standard Trainors’ Training sponsored by Orica (Limay, Phil) in their first tie-up with the Smith Family, a prominent non-government organization in Australia on the “Lets Count Program.”
Engr. John Philip S. de Jesus, Orica’s QSHE Lead, said that the Lets Count Program is the first corporate social responsibility program of Orica in partnership with the Smith family outside Australia.
The program, according to Engr. Philip de Jesus, is an early childhood learning program, focusing on math, wherein, they train kindergarten teachers on how to encourage their pupils to learn and enjoy math at the same time.
De Jesus added that the program was divided into 3 parts, 1st was in November and December (2017) , wherein all teacher-participants were given the orientation on the Lets Count Program; part 2 was the launching of the program in different schools with the parents of the pre-school kids, for them to be involved in the program as home partners in encouraging the children to be interested in math; and now part 3, is where Ms. Deborrah Ryan, the Australian facilitator of the Smith family, conducted the monitoring in the actual school experience, feedback sessions and then the training of trainors.
In an interview with Ms. Christine Cabral of Limay Elementary School and Ms. Bernadette Mendiola, Principal Coordinator of St. Francis Elementary School, they said that their knowledge on teaching math was enhanced and that they will impart these learnings to the parents, especially on their attitude towards math during their meetings, conferences and Parent-Teacher-Activities.
Ms. Deborah Ryan, for her part said that Lets Count, is a program designed in Australia to help teachers work with families to make children understand mathematics better, to develop their confidence in doing math.
De Jesus stressed that Orica’s vision is focused on the education of children especially in the early years of learning developments, to help build their skills, knowledge, motivation and self-belief, in pursuing their career paths beyond the school gates and in realizing their dreams.
Orica, an international company with branches in the Philippines (Manila and Limay, Bataan) is an ISO 9002 certified manufacturer of explosives.