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Ms. Shateen Serana, a high school teacher of the Taluksangay National High School in Zamboanga City garnered the top prize in this year's Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards held on March 2, 2012 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati. Shateen bested 9 other finalists from all over the country.

Her project-based learning activity on Mangrove Planting in the coastal shores of a conflict-prone barangay in Zamboanga City involved students and parents of various Muslim Tribes ( Samal, Yakan Tausug and Badjao). With the use of limited technology, students were able to document their project and did seminars to the community on Mangrove Planting. This resulted to greater awareness of the Muslim Community who cared less about the mangroves before to rehabilitate their coastlines by planting mangroves. The impact that the project made on the lives and values of community members earned the judges' nods.

The Coalition for Better Education, a Cebu-based organization, provided the training program on project-based learning (PBL) approaches which Teacher Shateen used as a strategy in the conduct of the above project. PBL approaches focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the 21st Century Skills as bases for learning competencies. This training program is conducted annually by CBE in partnership with Globe Telecom and DepEd.

Teacher Shateen leaves for Auckland, New Zealand to participate as Philippine Representative in the Asia-Pacific competition. ITLA is sponsored by Microsoft and this year, with Acer Philippines.


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