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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.

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Teen’s Tale Inspires Parents At QC District 5 Workshop

It is our choices not our circumstances that will determine our fate. This was essentially the message of Dr. Tonton Torralba, Synergeia Trustee and dean at University of Asia and the Pacific, during the parent-leaders workshop under the initiative of Quezon City District V Councilor Alyson Medalla early this month.

Dr. Torralba said that there is no such thing as a broken home because home is where the heart is. Whether a family is composed of two parents, a single parent or even a guardian to a child unrelated by blood, it is when one chooses to consider each other family that determines a home. It is this choice that gives one the strength to face the challenges of life without bitterness. To illustrate his point, Dr. Torralba invited 16-year old Ara Joy Cruz of Tinajeros, Malabon City to share her life story with the participants.

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QC District 3 Summit Raises Awareness on Children's Reliance on Internet

Children need to learn how to read instead of relying too much on the internet. This was the statement of Irene Camua, head librarian of Quezon City District III library as she appealed to teachers to bring their students to a real library and learn to do proper research.

On the district's first education summit held at the Quezon City Hall on Dec. 6 in partnership with Synergeia Foundation and UNICEF, Camua lamented that students no longer put any effort in doing their assignments and instead  resort to the 'cut and paste' method wherein they extract prepared studies from internet sources like Wikipedia.org. They don't even bother to edit or cross-reference materials and just submit the text with its online formatting intact.

 

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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.

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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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