Padre Garcia, Batangas - “Excited na akong mag-June,” a public school teacher declared after completing a two-day training through the initiative of the local government of Padre Garcia in partnership with Synergeia Foundation and the Department of Education (DepEd).
Jesse Robredo’s Governance in Education
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo changed mindset, processes and values in the way public education is delivered. He made the system “bottom-up, transparent and participatory”. He emphasized the importance of measuring performance so that schools and public officials can be accountable to the people. He “Reinvented Local School Boards”, expanded their functions, and broadened their membership. He believed that people should be consulted on how budget should be spent. He exacted efficiency and honesty in public spending. He held school summits shocking parents on the poor learning performance of children. At the same time, he challenged them to work with him in providing them with the best education.
Over 48,000 Pupils Receive Special Gift from Wyeth
It was perfect timing. The relief felt by Principal Jonette Penites of Maybunga Elementary School was evident when she related of the moment she was informed that her school was to be the recipient of special notebooks by Wyeth Philippines through Synergeia Foundation. Three pupils had knocked on her door just a few days previous to inform they were out of notebooks to write on. Such a basic school implement is valuable in a school where half of the student population are indigents residing along the edge of Pasig River.
How a Community Rebuilt a School Damaged by Yolanda
When Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the Visayan region on November 8, 2013, the residents of the Municipality of Batad, Iloilo are among those that had to contend with the aftermath. Apart from displaced families, damaged properties, farmlands and buildings, many public elementary schools were practically rendered useless even as temporary evacuation centers.
Teamwork Makes the School System Strong - Usec Lino
A school is not a one-man team, according to DepEd Undersecretary Lino Rivera as he urged school heads to work together with other stakeholders for the betterment of education in the Philippines.
Not Innovations for One but Continuous Improvement for All
All the pilots that the Department of Education has initiated are done, according to Undersecretary Lino Rivera as he encouraged principals to exercise good judgement in managing their schools. “I am not looking for breakthrough innovations that only one school can apply. What I’m after are improvements, continuous improvements that will benefit not just a few but all our schools.”
Make Learning Fun and Suited to the New Generation
Today’s children have different exposures than previous generations. Hence, their behaviour and way of thinking are different. This is the observation of DepEd Undersecretary Lino Rivera that he shared to school principals in January during Synergeia Foundation’s workshop. “We must focus our attention on our learners. We can’t assume that they are the same as when we were learners.