The Department of Education (DepEd) lauded a public school teacher from Bicol for earning the prestigious award from National Geographic Society.
Ranielle Navarro, a Teacher III at the Albay Central School (ACS), was commended by DepEd during the “EduAKSYON: Aksyon at Solusyon para sa Edukasyon” virtual regional press conference led by Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones in Region V on Friday, May 14.
Navarro is one of the recipients of the 2021 National Geographic (NatGeo) Awards. She was recognized for starting the project “A Call to Solution: Goals for Environmental Oversight.” Also called the ACS GEO, Navarro’s project aims to train and involve learners as scientists and journalists. “This accomplishment is just a simple activity for our learners in Albay Central School,” she said during the event.
Navarro said that in ACS, “we ensure that we deliver quality learning despite the challenges.” She was recognized by NatGeo for being among those who are making “astounding contributions to science, conservation, education, technology, and storytelling.” Prior to receiving the said award, Navarro also became a Certified NatGeo Educator in 2020. She also expressed gratitude to the Schools Division Office (SDO) officials for supporting endeavors like hers.
“The overwhelming acknowledgement of this feat only validates the efforts of SDO Legazpi City to inspire our learners and educators despite the difficulties that we have,” Navarro said.
Navarro’s digital storytelling and geocaching were funded by NatGeo – along with her participation in a series of webinars with international and local speakers on environmental science and digital technology.
“Allow me to thank my learners, our learners, the future leaders, the problem-solvers for inspiring us to create activities like this,” Navarro said. “May the ACS Geo inspire you to rise above the ashes and to turn every difficulties into a learning opportunity,” she added.
As defined, geocaching is “an outdoor recreational activity where participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called geocaches or caches, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.”
Aside from thanking DepEd and her learners, Navarro also expressed her gratitude to her fellow teachers in ACS. “I am only but one but with you, I will be able to deliver this activity,” she added.
Navarro also shared the recognition to all the “Filipino teachers across the country and around the globe for your indefatigable services despite the limitations that we have due to the pandemic.” DepEd noted that Navarro’s project also enabled her to donate 10 computer tablets to ACS.