Pinoy senior high school teacher wins science award in Indonesia

Dr. Bryant Acar, a senior high school teacher from the Science and Technology Education Center in Baslak, Lapu-Lapu City, bagged the second prize in the 2nd Ki Hajar Dewantara Award during the recent International Conference on Science Education and Teacher Development held in Bali, Indonesia.

Acar’s winning research proposal sought to promote science education program in the Philippines through teaching research and motivating young scientists to explore and create inventions.

Department of Education (DepEd) secretary Leonor Briones cited Acar for his achievement in the international science competition, and expressed gratitude on his contributions in advancing the science education in the country through innovation and research.

The competition consisted of three levels including the press conference, presentation, and final interview. When asked how he describes a modern science teacher, Acar answered: “A science teacher is knowledgeable of the subject content and can make a realistic simulation of the concept through hands-on activities.”

He further emphasized: “Science can be very difficult but there is no substitute for a creative teacher who never runs out of ideas to make all the lessons interesting and relatable. Likewise, a science teacher makes sure to tap the strengths of the students and build on their self-motivation through investigatory projects. Making students love research coupled with the use of technology are what define a modern science teacher.”

In his project proposal, Acar stressed the importance of stakeholders’ involvement in helping develop young scientists among learners: “I will tap the industries and universities to be the venues where students can make lab testing and where we can also tap experts to share knowledge and skills.”

Acar received certificates, a trophy, and a scholarship training grant worth $2,500. He hoped that his victory will inspire other science teachers to also achieve their goals and dreams: “Their trust and confidence in my capacity made me realize that I have made an impact to other teachers.”

The International Conference on Science Education and Teachers Professional Development is a biennial event of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (SEAMEO-QITEP).

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