Natasha, French Baker CEOs head TREE speakers’ lineup

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Vicki B. Villa of Natasha and Confetti fame and Angelita Bajaro-Ressureccion of Passion for Perfection will speak before teachers, trainers, and other educators attending the “Training for Entrepreneurship Educators” or TREE, an entrepreneurship faculty development workshop organized by the Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF) and endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education.

The program will be held on July 14 – 15 at the Virata Hall, Institute for Small-Scale Industries (ISSI) Building, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

Also in the line-up of speakers are Johnlu Koa who owns and manages the well-known French Baker restaurant and bakeshop chain, and Shruti Mehta of the Asian Development Bank.

Villa, Koa and Resurreccion are also experienced teachers of business and entrepreneurship, while Mehta is the Youth Project Designer of ADB who will talk on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and entrepreneurship development.

TREE addresses the need for continuing education among entrepreneurship faculty in both secondary and collegiate levels, in the light of new teaching technologies and changes in the development landscape.

The program is also useful for trainers in non-formal education settings.

During the second-day workshop, participants will be given guidance in preparing their respective entrepreneurship course plans in the context of how old their students are, where they are in the development ladder, where the learning is taking place, and other factors.

The workshop will be handled by Dr. Paz H. Diaz, SERDEF board secretary, who co-wrote the books “Windows to Entrepreneurship: a teaching guide” and “Entrepreneurship Study and Practice.”   Copies of both books will be included in the training kit for TREE participants.

According to TREE program director Nida F. Lavador, the fielding of entrepreneurship resource persons who are themselves entrepreneurs is aligned with the precept that students learn best when they are taught by teachers who know what they are talking about and who can provide the role models for the values they seek to inculcate.

Interested teachers and trainers may register for TREE by getting in touch with Ms. Catherine Altares or Ms. Levy Sarmiento at Tel. 355 5348 and 355 5529 or email [email protected]