Children residing in an off-grid mountain village in Balindong, Lanao Del Sur can now improve their learning capacity with solar lanterns regularly lighting their once dark classroom. Synergeia is one of the organizations in the Philippines chosen to distribute a number of Panasonic solar lanterns as part of its 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project in celebration of the multinational corporation's 100th anniversary.
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.
Panasonic Lights Up Children's Learning Center with Gift of Solar Lanterns through Synergeia
Mareng Winnie and Mayor John Rey Lend an Ear to Navotas Stakeholders' Concerns
Community representatives from Navotas City had a rare chance to meet with famous media personality and economist Prof. Solita "Mareng Winnie" Monsod in a forum provided by Synergeia Foundation during the USAID-funded Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) Convergence Workshop early this month. Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco also visited the workshop and graciously answered questions with regard to education.
Padre Garcia Kids to have Fun Reading in June
Kinder and Grade 1 Pupils in Padre Garcia, Batangas will have exciting classes in the coming school year as their teachers apply the new techniques acquired from the training conducted by Synergeia Foundation under USAID’s Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) on May 4-5, 2015.
LSB Initiative Leads to Future Storybook Publication to Develop Children's Enthusiasm for Reading
The local government of the municipality of Luna, La Union has reason to be proud. The local school board's (LSB) initiative to train its teachers in October 2014 resulted into the future publication and distribution of an original story made by five teachers to benefit children nationwide.
According to Luna Mayor Victor Marron, the success was the result of attending the LSB workshop conducted by Synergeia Foundation under USAID's Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) in October 2013. This was when he learned that effective education programs need not require big funds. "We started to think of projects that will have the biggest impact in enhancing children's learning abilities on a limited budget," he relates.
School Head Leads Community to Improve Children's Learning Environment
The biggest challenge for Felomina Taplin, Teacher-In-Charge at Besong-Saddle Primary School in the municipality of Tuba, Benguet, was to raise the performance of her pupils by providing a more conducive learning environment for them. The school governance workshop conducted by Synergeia Foundation under USAID's Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) program taught her to engage the community to help with the task and how to do it effectively.
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.