Title: Diaspora, Globalization, and Education: An Initial Survey of the Filipino Guro in Thailand and Indonesia
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Rowell Madula, De La Salle University, Philippines
A number of Filipino families seek migration to another country as one of the few means to achieve social mobility. In the past decades, the government’s labor export policy has pushed many Filipinos to find jobs overseas. Today, there are around 3,500 Filpipinos leaving the Philippines everyday to look for a better job or a better life abroad. This paper is a preliminary study on the plight and experiences of the Filipino teachers or the Filipino guro in two Southeast Asian countries, Thailand and Indonesia. This is a qualititative study that utilizes case analysis and literature review to describe the situation and experiences of Filipino teachers in categories such as cultural adaptation, work conditiona, and the formation of the transnational identity. As a result of this preliminary study, I have come up with some realizations: 1.The labor export policy of the Philippine government encourages Filipino migration to foreign countries to find better jobs and better compensation and benefits; 2. Globalization and ASEAN integration makes education in the region more inclusive and accessible to teachers epecially Filipino teachers who are preferred because of their positivie qualities such as being hardworking and can easily adapt to foreign cultures, and 3. Transnational identity in the ASEAN region is becoming a more relevant issue in the region.
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