Largest Philippines city begins adoption of Israeli STEM curriculum

Education department of Davao launches pilot program emphasizing innovation and creativity in science and math based on Israel’s Sci-Tech Schools network

Illustrative: Israeli high school students in a classroom. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Illustrative: Israeli high school students in a classroom. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Davao, one of the largest city in the Philippines, will use an Israeli curriculum to improve math, science and technology in its public schools.

The city of Davao signed an agreement to implement the education model of the Israel Sci-Tech Schools network in a collaboration with the support of the Israeli embassy in the Philippines.

The collaboration is also being coordinated through the national Department of Education – Davao City Schools Division and the Pass It Forward Foundation.

The program, called “Excellence in Education: A Lighthouse Project,” will implement Israel Sci-Tech School’s innovative education model in a high school in Davao City which will serve as a model for the rest of the city’s high schools. The changes to the school’s curriculum will include aspects of the network’s programs in innovation, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics as well as upgrades to its science and technology labs.

The Philippines is the latest country to import Israel Sci-Tech Schools’ educational model. The specialized STEM curriculum – which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – is also being used throughout Europe and in schools in the United States.

Sci-Tech also has been in conversations to form partnerships with several states in the US as well as school systems in other countries, including China.

The educational model used by the school, emphasizes innovation and creativity, and integrates the hard sciences and math subjects with the humanities.

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