MANILA, Philipines - As a high school student in Central Visayan Institute Foundation (CVIF) in Bohol, Ronald Lloren developed the ability to learn independently, a skill that would later see him through life's bigger tests.
Now 23 years old and on the way to earning a master's degree in Marine Science from the University of the Philippines in Diliman where he also works as a research assistant, Ronald recalls how the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP) employed by CVIF instilled in him and his schoolmates the concept of "learning by doing".
Ronald was in his sophomore year when DLP was implemented, a brainchild of Ramon Magsaysay 2010 awardees Dr. Christopher Bernido and wife Dr. Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido, president and principal of CVIF respectively. He admits it took some getting used to.
"Nakakapanibago kasi ikaw mismo magsusulat, ikaw pa mismo mag-iisip. We were each given a paper on which we write our name, the activity title, objective and the activity or problem to be solved individually. The teacher only lectures for 10 to 15 minutes at the end of the class to introduce the topic or lesson for the day," he says.
The non-traditional teaching approach is 70 to 80 percent student activities and only 20 to 30 percent lecture. It was created by the Bernidos to address the current problems plaguing the academe, the same ones that CVIF struggled with - lack of qualified teachers, equipment and school facilities, few or error-filled textbooks and large number of students per classes.COMPLEMENTING DEPED'S CLASSROOM BUILDING PROGRAM
Since it was first implemented in CVIF, the DLP has been rolled out in private schools all over the country. In 2011, it was introduced in Bohol and Cagayan de Oro public schools, the latter through the help of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) which hopes to expand the implementation of DLP to more public school divisions in 2012.
"The PLDT Smart Foundation hopes to make it a contribution to the Bayanihan Pampaaralan program of the Department of Education. We would like to bring in DLP to complement classroom building, focusing initially on the 40 lowest performing DepEd divisions nationwide," says Stephanie V. Orlino, Smart Community Partnerships manager.
Hopefully, more students will benefit from DLP as Ronald did. "It is easier to understand and remember concepts that you learn on your own. You master the subject better. It taught me how to be independent, how to be critical-minded and to rationalize things before concluding. …