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FIRe Up Education: STEM Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Posted: 2019-06-25


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The Asian Institute of Management Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC), in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Philippines, held a roundtable discussion titled, “FIRe Up Education: STEM Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” on June 25 2019 at the Makati Diamond Residences, Makati City. The event, which is the first in a series of fora related to the FIRe, was attended by primarily by representatives of the education sector.

Dr. Tristan Canare, the Associate Director and Senior Economist of the AIM RSN PCC, welcomed the participants. He helped set the tone of the event by mentioning about the unprecedented change the Filipino labor force is facing due to FIRe and its threats of replacing a large swath of the labor force with machines and other technologies.

Prof. Jamil Paolo Francisco, the Executive Director of the AIM RSN PCC and the Associate Dean of the Asian Institute of Management, delivered the event’s opening presentation. He mentioned that the FIRe is already upon us and that jobs that involve routine work are more likely to be automated compared to jobs that need creative and social intelligences.

The next presentation was from Dr. Aida Yap from the University of the Philippines’ National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED). She shared about her office’s programs on the development of science and mathematics teaching materials for the K+12 Program in collaboration with different stakeholders like the Department of Education.

Dr. Yap’s presentation was followed up by a panel discussion participated by Director Jocelyn Andaya from the Bureau of Curriculum Development of the Department of Education (DepEd); Ms. Justine Raagas, Program Director for Workforce and Development at the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd); Dr. Gladys Nivera, Associate Dean from the Faculty of Science, Technology and Mathematics of the Philippine Normal University; and Ms. Daisy Demoni, Supervising Science Research Specialist from the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Prof. Francisco served as the moderator as the panel discussion.

Ms. Tonette de Jesus, Senior Program Manager from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Philippines delivered the closing remarks and summarized the event.

Mr. Joshua Uel Abad served as the master of ceremony.

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