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Synergeia
is a coalition of individuals, institutions, and organizations working to improve the quality of basic education.
Synergeia: (see-ner-hee-yuh) Greek, n. a union of forces whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


We implement programs to improve basic education for nearly 1.5 million schoolchildren in 250 municipalities in the Philippines. We engage local governments, socio-civic groups, schools, teachers, parents, and students to work together in upgrading basic education.


Save a Filipino child from a lifetime of ignorance!

Every peso counts. No contribution is too small, whether skills or monetary.

 

Jesse Robredo’s Governance in Education

Sec. Jesse RobredoSecretary 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.

Read more about Secretary Jesse M. Robredo's Governance in Education


 

Latest News

Iloilo LGU-Synergeia Partnership Improves Focus on Basic Education

Local government units (LGUs) in Iloilo have been giving more focus to basic education thanks to the province's partnership with Synergeia Foundation and the community, according to provincial administrator Raul Banias.

"Basic education previously did not get much attention from LGUs but because of Synergeia, we became more appreciative of how you perform in your schools," Banias told elementary school principals during Synergeia's USAID-funded school governance workshop under the Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) Program on August 27-29, 2014.

Basic education, which forms the foundation of a child's learning habits, affects higher level learning outcomes and ultimately, a child's future. That is why Synergeia's advocacy revolves around  education reform in the elementary level and getting the whole community involved in the process for progressive ad sustainable results.

Banias said that partnership with Synergeia motivated Iloilo LGUs to work with school administrators and teachers, and to engage the rest  of the community in order to enhance education performance. LGUs will achieve this goal if they can properly identify where to direct their plans and budget. "They’ll enhance performance If they know where to put their mouth and their money is," Banias said.

The three-day EdGE workshop held in Punta Villa Resort in Iloilo gathered over 200 school heads from the municipalities of Alimodian, Cabatuan, Guimbal, Leon, Miagao, Mina, Pavia and San Joaquin. Apart from P.A. Banias, speakers that provided inspiration and practical insights were Synergeia Trustees former governor Lito Coscolluela, Robert Powers Director Oskar Atendido, former Ateneo University President Fr. Ben Nebres, and Cong. Sherwin Gatchalian.

   

REMEMBERING JESSE

On the days that Secretary’s plane perished, we were feverishly beating the deadline to submit a grant proposal for a USAID competition on education governance.  But it became a futile exercise because we were crying and praying, and crying and praying. 

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P3.2M Special Fund to Benefit Public School Kids in Pili

The local government of Pili, Camarines Sur publicly disclosed the release of almost P3.2 Million from its special purpose fund to its Department of Education (DepEd) district during the municipality's first educational summit held at the Pili Cultural Sports Complex on July 2, 2014.

In an exemplary display of transparency and good governance, Mayor Alexis "Nonoy" San Luis II formally handed the check to DepEd Pili through Public Schools District Supervisor Carlos Fajardo, in the presence of DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro FSC, Congressman Leni Robredo, Synergeia Foundation President Nene Guevara and the people of Pili who attended the summit.

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Participatory Governance at Work in QC District 5 Summit

The 5th District of Quezon City successfully conducted its first Education Summit that went right to the very core of why such events are held in the first place - to get people from different sectors of society involved in an effort to improve the quality of education in the community.

In a true exercise of participatory governance, the summit's lead proponent, Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Science and Technology and City Councilor Alyson Rae "Aly" Medalla and her team managed to gather parents, teachers, principals, alumni, businessmen, barangay captains, kagawads, civic organization representatives, and even young people to attend the event on a Saturday at the Quezon City Polytechnic University on July 5. The assistant schools division superintendent, district supervisors, and the local school board secretariat were also present.

 

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School Heads - A Silent But Potent Force in Education Reform

There is huge potential for development that lies in the hands of educators despite political and multi-cultural challenges present in Mindanao, according to Ateneo de Zamboanga President Fr. Karel San Juan. "You're a very potent force in education reform because you quietly nurture the children," he said to the school heads from the province of Sulu who attended Synergeia's School Governance Workshop in Zamboanga City last week under USAID's Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) Program.

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Urban and Rural LCEs Mull Over Contrasting Education Woes

For the rural towns of Masbate and Camarines Norte, one of the biggest reasons why children stop going to school is the far distance it takes to get there. In contrast, distance is not be a problem for more urbanized cities like Quezon City but due to over-populated classrooms in public schools, children similarly become discouraged from attending. These are some of the challenges discussed by local government heads early this month during Synergeia's local school board workshop that was co-funded by Synergeia and Unicef.

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