The Adopt-a-Ship (AAS) Project’s first female Chief Officer, Jasmin Labarda of TechnipFMC, visited Bayanan Elementary School-Main (BESM) in Muntinlupa City last November 29, 2017.
BESM Teacher Ms. Cristina Bonifacio’s four Grade 5 Social Studies classes with a total of 191 pupils have adopted CO Labarda’s Ship, Deep Blue, through AAS. The pupils keep track of their adopted ship’s movements and location on a big world map.
The AAS Project aims to introduce shipping and its benefits to Grades 4-6 pupils through weekly email exchanges between Ship Officers and partner-teachers. The teachers integrate shipping-related concepts in their weekly lessons for subjects such as Math, Science, English, Social Studies and Filipino.
For current SY 2017-2018, AAS has been implemented for ten weeks by 20 teachers in four public elementary schools, including BESM, in Muntinlupa. A total of 97 classes with 4,540 students are currently having fun learning about shipping through AAS.
PTC-CSJ Foundation manages AAS in partnership with the International Maritime Organization, InterManager, PTC and five shipping companies – Seaspan, Grindrod, Hyroussa, Exmar and TechnipFMC – that have assigned a total of 19 ships to the Project for the current School Year.