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Filipino educators in Bahrain catalyze unity and honor exceptional educators

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By: Arthur C. Basbas, PhD

With immense pride, a sophisticated educators’ convention in Bahrain truly realized the profound goal of bringing all Filipino educators in Bahrain together to catalyze their ultimate mission of promoting and maintaining unity, and a pervasive culture of association by honoring the exceptional educators who have had the greatest impact on this country.

On November 5, 2021, in celebration of World Teachers’ Month, the Philippine Teachers Association- Bahrain (PTA-B) held its 3rd Educators Convention cum “A Night of Recognition of Excellence” at Wyndham Grand Manama, with the theme “Creating Connections, Building Bridges to Strengthen Educators in Recovering and Revitalizing Education.’’ The dynamic keynote speaker, Dr. Grace M. Corpuz, a Filipino professor at Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain, enabled the hundreds of participants to acquire a compendium of knowledge and abilities to recover and revitalize education covering the wide spectrum of global challenges.

Keynote Speaker-Dr. Grace M. Corpuz

It was not only a night of recognition of excellence but also a night of inspiration and hope as the PTA-B Executive Committee bestowed five highly qualified recipients of the first nationwide search for the Most Outstanding Filipino Educators in Bahrain 2021. This search aims to recognize the exemplary and outstanding performance, valuable contributions, accomplishments, and innovations of Filipino educators in Bahrain. This award will also calibrate the standards of professional performance by giving justifiable merit to whom it is due, and more importantly, it will convey and inspire other Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), especially the teachers, to build their confidence and to improve the image of Filipinos as a whole.

Five Recipients for the Most Outstanding Filipino Educator (MOFE) in Bahrain 2021

The recipients of the Most Outstanding Filipino Educators in Bahrain in 2021are (from the right): (1) Dr. Felicida Benchie B. Fortuno, Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus/ Almoalem Institute; (2) Dr. Rodalyn N. Asenas, Director, Center for General Education, University of Technology Bahrain; (3) Dr. Carlo Domingo C. Casinto, Assistant Professor, Bahrain Polytechnic; (4) Ms. Amor F. Dela Cruz, MA, Speech & Debate Teacher, Creativity Private School; and (5) Ms. Melinda L. Nomananap, MA, Filipino Coordinator, Philippine School Bahrain. These enthusiastic and talented educators strived for excellence in teaching and leadership and were genuinely exceptional in terms of educational credentials, which brought forth a transformative impact on students and on the institution as well. They also embodied our values and served as role models for others, contributing in a holistic way to civic and charitable initiatives that had a positive impact on the community and teachers’ well-being.

Another highlight of the convention is the commemoration of career milestones for all highly motivated and dedicated Filipino educators in Bahrain who have been teaching for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of remarkable service over ambition and integrity over experience in both private and public institutions. 

At the helm of this annual convention are the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain, the Overseas Welfare Worker Administration (OWWA), the Filipino Club – Bahrain, and a consortium of global partners, educational institutions, and organizations from the government, such as the Bahrain Ministry of Education (MOE) and Bahrain Quality Assurance (BQA).

Lastly, this convention was not only limited to Filipinos, as PTA-B also welcomed other nationalities to be in their midst. This was certainly the most significant and evocative occasion to everyone involved as it gets to another height of Filipino educators’ great journey that reveals how they appreciate the bequest of opportunity of transforming themselves into better individuals in their respective field of service to the citizenry of Bahrain.

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got a story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com. Or follow his IG @rtnamia.

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