TO CURB the unemployment rate, a foreign educational organization is urging fresh graduates to teach in public schools.

“Teach for the Philippines,” an international franchise of the “Teach for All” movement, called on Thomasians to consider teaching in the most disadvantaged public schools nationwide, in a conference at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center auditorium last Sept. 20.

Teach for the Philippines is a national movement seeking to expand educational opportunities by recruiting recent Filipino graduates.

Chief executive officer Margarita Delgado said the movement offers leadership training to make a person desirable candidate for the corporate world upon graduation.

Chief program officer Clarissa Delgado said the leadership-formation phase of the program will “transform intelligent young individuals.”

Young professionals who can speak conversational Filipino are the most eligible applicants for the two-year contract of teaching in public schools, she said, adding that teaching in public schools will be compensated by a competitive salary that includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Selected participants will then be required to join an intensive training and support program.

As part of the global educational campaign, Teach for the Philippines will have its pioneer batch of 50 members by June 2013.

Teach for All was officially launched last 2007 by Wendy Sue Kopp who pioneered “Teach for America” in 1990. The Philippine franchise is the organization’s 25th member. Jon Christoffer R. Obice

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