"I have a bag! I have a bag!" Second-grader Calasara Hodlero declared loudly as she came home from school. Calasara's grandmother, Nimfa Hodlero recalls how excited her 7-year old granddaughter was the day she received the new bag from USAID that comes with an English workbook and various school supplies. Calasara is one of about 35,000 pupils in the Visayas Region who received learning materials as part of the post-disaster aid component of USAID's Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) Program implemented by Synergeia Foundation.
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.
Community Incentive Grant Brings Better Learning Conditions to Island School
The expressions on the children's faces said it all the moment the breeze from the electric fan swept their faces. Thanks to the solar panel donated by USAID through Synergeia Foundation, the school can finally use electric fans and children no longer have to suffer from extreme heat inside the classroom. "They can now focus on their studies instead of spending their time fanning themselves," says teacher-in-charge Luna Aresto.
Post-Yolanda Aid Reaches Remotest Town in the Mountains of Iloilo
July 2015 - 8-year old Reinan and 6-year old Reinald Bernil emerge from their home through a rickety bamboo-slatted gate at noon. They proceed to walk uphill to school about a mile away. The brothers, Grades 2 and 3, each wear a blue backpack containing an English workbook and school supplies, all provided by USAID through Synergeia Foundation under the post-disaster assistance package extended to victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that hit the Visayas region late 2013.
ARMM's Two Power Women Champion Education in Lanao Sur
When Lanao Sur Mayors Raysalam Mangondato of Balindong and Nashiba Sumagayan of Taraka took the Synergeia team to visit public elementary schools in their respective municipalities, I did not quite know what to expect. I knew on paper about the initiatives they have been undertaking. I did not know the extent of the problems they have to address as local chief executives. And yet I found these two women to be the embodiment of grace under pressure not only as mayors but as women within a predominantly Muslim community doing their best to shepherd their poverty-stricken constituents toward a better future. It is a testament to their clear vision and firm resolve that Taraka and Balindong are slowly but surely making its way up, even as they attest that their partnership with Synergeia Foundation, USAID and other donors helped a lot in their governance.
Lanao Sur Teachers' Give More than Class Lessons to their Pupils
Lanao Sur teachers do more than teach children their ABCs. Four teachers from the municipalities of Taraka and Balindong show Synergeia what it is like to be a teacher. Read more...
Valenzuela City is One of the Best LGUs in the Country
Synergeia is so proud of the Valenzuela City Government. Its Education 360Investment Program was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Programs in Local Governance by the Galing Pook Foundation.