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Educators of Development Communication undergraduate course undergo mentoring on labour migration

Educators of Development Communication undergraduate course undergo mentoring on labour migration

ILO Consultant Charles Autheman (top left) conducts individualized mentoring sessions with educator-members of the Association of Development Communication Educators and Practitioners (ADCEP) on teaching Communicating Labor Migration. Also in photo are Prof. Chester Alan Ebora, Batangas State University (bottom left), AIJC Senior Director Ann Lourdes Lopez (top right), and AIJC Program Officer Loregene Macapugay (bottom right).

ADCEP educator Shella Sandoy of the University of Antique (bottom right) joins the mentoring session led by ILO Consultant Charles Autheman (top left). With them are AIJC officers Ann Lourdes Lopez (top right) and Loregene Macapugay (bottom left).

Charles Autheman, an international consultant who has been working since 2013 with the International Labour Organization (ILO), leads a mentorship program for educators in 10 Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs) with Development Communication (DevCom) programs.

The mentorship program is part of the project partnership of the ILO and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC), in collaboration with the Association of Development Communication Educators and Practitioners (ADCEP), to integrate the teaching of Communicating Labor Migration in the DevCom curriculum.

Autheman, who is lead author of the ILO toolkit on forced labour and fair recruitment, has been conducting individualized mentoring sessions online with 11 educators who have been pilot-teaching or integrating Communicating Labor Migration in their DevCom classes.

The mentorship seeks to assess the practical needs of the educators and advise them on key resources they can use for their teaching and equipping of current and future media professionals with the necessary skills to inform public debate on labour migration issues. The mentorship also identifies on what aspects of the syllabus they need specific support.

The 10 HEIs participating in the program are Batangas State University, Benguet State University, Isabela State University, Ateneo de Naga University, West Visayas State University, Northwest Samar State University, University of Antique, Palompon Institute of Technology, Bukidnon State University, and University of Southern Mindanao.

The ILO-AIJC project is supported by ILO’s Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia, funded by the European Union, with National Project Coordinator Hussein Macarambon.