By Isabel Mikaela A. Salsona and Alexandra Catherine Lee
Gabayanos were brought up to date on the current events in the Gabay Erya Formation Program (GEFP) through various talks in Online PrepErya, held last October 13, 14, and 15 via Zoom call and Facebook Live.
On its first day, “What is Erya?: A Throwback to the Erya of the Past,” Former Ateneo Gabay Education Operations (EdOp) Committee Heads Aubrey Mae Patupat and Christabel (Karis) Corpus began the event by recalling the past efforts and happenings in the GEFP.
The second day, “How is Erya?: Erya Under the Normal, A Discussion on the 3 Arms,” featured Vincent Bernabe and Tiffany Ang, also former EdOp Committee Heads, who explained the GEFP before the current online setup. The discussion was centered around the three EdOp arms: data analysis, learning resources, and tutoring.
On the last day, “What now, Erya?: The New Erya and Education during the Pandemic,, Dr. Isabel P. Martin, professor and Coordinator for Research and Textbook Development at the Ateneo Science and Art of Learning and Teaching (SALT) Institute, shared her insights on education during the pandemic.
At the end of the event, current EdOp Committee Heads Jim Mijares and Millicent Cabildo delivered the State of Erya Address.
When asked about his thoughts on PrepErya and the future of EdOp, Mijares said, “It went very well. We were able to discuss tons of topics about Erya, touching from the past to the future. The future is bleak and is hanging with bureaucracy, but EdOp is trying its best to cater to our Erya kids.”
Bernabe commended the EdOp Committee’s efforts in their transition to the online setup. “It is understandably difficult to conduct projects with the shift to distance learning, but I think Jim and Milli, and the current EdOp team, are actually doing the right adjustments and pushing the right initiatives given our current context,” he said.
The Online PrepErya was hosted by Lynyrd Peras, Louise Dimalanta, Kurt de los Santos, and Jaaziel Pizarras. Online PrepErya had around 30 attendees per day.