Embracing Change

When ATI-CO had formally demystified ATI-RTC 7 sometime in April 2008, a lot of concerns cropped-up to the minds of those who were present (both my co-personnel and a handful of Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) in Bohol). Concerns like the viability and applicability of the e-extension program to our stakeholders.

Some were skeptics but others showed enthusiasm amidst uncertainty, as change is indeed the only thing in this world which is constant.

The duality of the so-called reactions was expected. Specially that the very things they've heard were new. Though computer literacy is no longer unfamiliar among government employees, but the accessibility is way far to go.

Albeit the lukewarm welcome, ATI-RTC 7 push through their endeavors. They allot time for e-extension unto their program of activities and focus only on the e-Learning component of the program.

As expected, most of them showed cynicism. However, as the discussion progress, majority of the AEWs are craving to learn and willing to embrace the change.

Today, when we mentioned matters with an e! (e-extension and e-Learning) it rings a bell. AEWs are looking forward to it. Their doubts pushed them to embrace the change so they can compensate what their children’s generation had for.

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