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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congresswoman Leni Robredo presents a Jesse’s list
Congresswoman Leni Robredo presents a Jesse’s list that includes his philosophy and habits on good governance.