NCCA Trains Volunteers to Teach Filipino Culture in Israel

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Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial (center) is joined by (from right to left) Third Secretary and
Vice Consul Judy Razon, Dr. Rosario Alonzo, Mr. Ervin Eustaquio, Cultural Affairs Assistant of
the Sentro Rizal – National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and
the volunteer teachers from the Embassy and Filipino Community.
 

14 November 2016, Tel Aviv, State of Israel - The Embassy of the Philippines in Israel, in partnership with the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Bialik Rogozin International Campus, held its first Teachers Training on the Filipino Language & Culture Program in Israel. The participants were volunteer teachers who will be teaching Filipino to children of Filipino migrant workers.

Dr. Rosario Alonzo, a language expert from the NCCA and former Dean of University of the Philippines' College of Education, conducted the 3-day training of volunteers from the Filipino community and the Embassy. Some of the participants are former teachers who became caregivers in Israel.

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Ambassador Imperial, along with First Secretary and Consul General Pamela Durian-Bailon (second from left) and Dr. Alonzo,
meets with Bialik Rogozin Principal Eli Nechama (center) and some of the Filipino children enrolled in the school.

The language program aims to help Filipino children born and raised in Israel to learn the Filipino language and increase their awareness and appreciation of their Filipino culture and heritage. Classes, which will be free of charge, are to be held for 1.5 hours to 2 hours at least twice a week in the said school as an after-school program, and is open to Filipino children enrolled at Bialik Rogozin aged 6-12 years old.

Dr. Alonzo, together with Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial and Consul General Pamela Durian-Bailon, met with Mr. Eli Nechama, Bialik Rogozin Principal, to discuss the arrangements for the program and interact with some of the Filipino students in the school. Mr. Nechama expressed his enthusiasm for the program as 60% or about 700 of the students in the school are Filipinos.

During the meeting, Dr. Alonzo emphasized the importance of preserving the students' Filipino identity and heritage by learning the Filipino language and culture.--END--

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Dr. Alonzo and Mr. Eustaquio are joined by Filipino parents who attended the orientation on how parents can assist
and guide their children in their education and learning process.