In an effort to reach more schools in the Philippines, the Meralco Energy Education Program awarded Energy Ed kits to schools in the Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN regions. 21 elementary schools, 7 secondary schools and 4 integrated schools received the Energy Ed Kits on September 13, 2017 at the Green Leaf Hotel, General Santos City. The event was attended by teachers and school heads from various institutions in the said regions with their respective regional office personnel. Teacher-authors Trina Eleptico and Marivi Castro demonstrated to the participants how to integrate the use of energy education flashcards inside the classrooms. Ms Marivi, a teacher from General Santos SPED IS, expressed in full glee and delight that the flashcards have been useful in order to motivate her students who are children with special needs into learning topics related to energy. The flashcards in their colorful and fun designs encourages students especially visual learners to focus on the discussion. She also added that the cards significantly increased classroom participation. Mr Neil Rara, project officer of One Meralco Foundation, highlighted the vision of the organization to help the Filipinos all over the country especially those in Mindanao. Despite being a Luzon-based company, they have always extended their arms for help and support to communities especially schools in Mindanao. OMF in partnership with Coalition for Better Education seeks to increase the knowledge on energy education all over the Philippines through the Energy Education Program.
Teachers and school heads all over Region IV-A received Energy Ed with warm welcomes despite the heavy rains on August 29, 2017 at Meralco Multi-Purpose Gym. 73 elementary schools and 8 integrated schools attended the event and were awarded with the Energy Ed kits. The Energy Ed Kit is a set of learning resource materials, in a form of flashcards, designed to introduce energy concepts to K12 students. 1000 kits were produced by One Meralco Foundation in 2017 for distribution to DepEd schools. During the kit distribution activity, Ms Luchi Flores, Executive Director of the Coalition for Better Education and One Meralco Foundation’s implementing partner for this program introduced the Energy Education Program. This was also followed by a short discussion on the use and importance of Project/Problem-Based Learning (PBL), one of the key learning strategies used in the development of the flashcards. Teacher-authors Michael Morella and Mona dela Cruz shared experiences and best practices on how to use the cards inside the classroom. Ms Mona went to the crowd and started asking the teachers a few questions that can be found on Knowledge Cards. These sent the crowd into bursts of energy and laughter as they tried to best each other to get the right answer. Mr Neil Rara, Project Officer of One Meralco Foundation expressed that the Energy Ed Program is Meralco’s way of expanding its coverage to more schools in the region. Before there were only a few schools reached through the School Electrification Program by the company but through Energy Ed, OMF is able to impart the importance of energy education and energy efficiency to more students and schools across the country. Energy Ed looks forward to reaching more schools over the country within the next few months.
The Seal of Excellence in Education Development (SEED) Program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI) is an annual data gathering and research-based awards program for all public elementary and secondary schools in Cebu, which aims to improve school governance by strengthening the capacity and involvement of school community stakeholders in jointly making decisions towards the continuous improvement of learning and promotion of students’ welfare. The school evaluation looks into four (4) key result areas (KRAs), namely: Organizational Management, Instruction, Learning Environment and Performance. The search for the Top 5 from both elementary and secondary levels is carried out by an assessment and site validation conducted by a multi-sectoral team selected by RAFI. For the program’s second year, CBE was tapped as one of the team members, representing the NGO sector, and assigned the KRA on Organizational Management. The Organizational Management component composed 30% of the assessment and site validation. Another 30% goes to Instruction, 25% to Performance and 15% to Learning Environment. CBE joined other representatives from the private sector and civil society in early to mid December 2017 for the site validation of 10 elementary schools: Candabong Elementary School (Alcantara), Buanoy Central Elementary School (Balamban), La Paz Elementary School (Bogo City), Boljoon Central Elementary School (Boljoon), Napo Elementary School (Carcar City), Mabolo Elementary School (Mabolo), Dalaguete Central Elementary School (Dalaguete), Maguikay Elementary School (Mandaue City), Basdiot Elementary School (Moalboal) and Tajao Central Elementary School (Pinamungajan). As validator, CBE reviewed documents presented by the school that highlight best practices and exemplify their performance. Focusing on organizational management, particularly in terms of financial processes and resource mobilization, CBE pored over means of verification (MOVs) such as liquidation reports, budget plans, policies and manuals. The organization objectively rated the concerned school based on rubrics developed by RAFI and DepEd. After site validation, the schools were given feedback by the team on how to further improve school management. CBE’s participation in this year’s SEED search underscores the organization’s advocacy of involving the community for efficient school governance. Improving the quality of education is always possible with an inclusive approach and when families and communities work together for the benefit of our learners.
To recognize the efforts of SHS teachers in improving student learning under their area of specialization, CBE held a graduation ceremony for the teachers who successfully completed industry immersion under the Turo-Turismo Program. Having rendered the required 120 hours and submitted a portfolio that included their instructional and training plans, CBE, with program partners, DepEd and TAF, conferred a Certificate of Completion to each deserving teacher. The Turo-Turismo Graduation Ceremony took place on December 9, 2017 at the Holiday Plaza Hotel, F. Ramos St., Cebu City. Aside from the teacher graduates themselves, the ceremony was attended by special guests from DepEd-Region VII led by esteemed Regional Director Dr. Juliet Jeruta. The school divisions covered under the program were represented by DepEd-Lapulapu City SDS Dr. Marilyn S. Andales, DepEd Cebu Province SHS Coordinator Dr. Isiaiah Wagas and DepEd Cebu City Division Focal on Partnership Ms. Marlene Padigos. The program featured an inspirational message by Dr. Jeruta and a sharing of industry experience by one of the teachers, Ms. Teresa Ybanez of Talamban National High School, who was immersed for housekeeping at Golden Prince Hotel and Suites. Since the graduation was held back to back with CBE’s Annual Christmas Fellowship, the Turo-Turismo graduates mingled with other CBE members for a night of fun and games. Quite a number of them also signed up for CBE membership and were welcomed into the fold via a formal induction. With the teachers’ graduation, Turo-Turismo has concluded the immersion part of the program and is now focusing on exploring and crafting policies with DepEd, TESDA and other stakeholders on enhancing the assessment system under TVL tracks and aligning competencies with industry-based requirements.
CBE has entered into a partnership with The Asia Foundation (TAF), through their Coalitions for Change (CfC) in Basic Education Program, for the implementation of “Turo-Turismo.” Turo-Turismo is a tourism-focused SHS program which was piloted in the Province of Bohol in May 2015 and replicated in Cebu and Siquijor Provinces in July 2017. The main objective of the program is to immerse SHS teachers handling tourism-related subjects in tourist establishments and for them to develop instructional plans (I-Plans) based on actual work experience and exposure to the industry. Prior to immersion, CBE organized a Pre-Immersion Program on October 18-20, 2017 that intended to orient the pre-selected teachers about Turo-Turismo and prepare them for immersion. They were subsequently assigned to work places that matched their area of specialization and underwent immersion for a total of 120 hours required by the program. After the teachers completed their industry immersion, CBE facilitated a Post-Immersion Workshop which was held on November 22-24, 2017 at the DepEd Ecotech Center, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City. The workshop was aimed at: gathering learnings and experiences from the teachers’ immersion; developing content for learning resource materials and training plans based on the teachers’ immersion experience; and, aligning the learning resource materials and training plans with industry standards. The first day of the program was graced by the presence of DepEd-VII Regional Director, Dr. Juliet Jeruta who expressed her pride at seeing teachers gain first-hand experience on industry-level kind of work. Dr. Jeruta wished them the best of luck as they apply their learnings in the classroom setting. As part of the workshop, Mr. Ionel Terogo of the Univ. of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) trained the teachers on how to develop content and resource materials using Project-Based Learning (PBL) Approaches. His inputs were the bases for the teachers to craft their instructional and training plans. The workshop was made remarkable by the participation of industry partners who shared recommendations on how to enhance the plans. TESDA, DepEd and DOLE representatives were also on hand for their own insights. The interesting exchange of opinions and perspectives between industry and government throughout the workshop led to the realization that certain policies by both sectors are inconsistent and do not meet. This is one of the pressing issues that CBE intends to address, together with TAF and the relevant agencies, over the course of program implementation. The last day of the program had Mr. Henry Grageda, Turo-Turismo Program Manager, as guest. Mr. Grageda conveyed his appreciation to the teachers for their hard work and for successfully completing the immersion program. He further gave credit to partners from industry and government for their collaboration and partnership. The program ended with the distribution of certificates to the participants. The teachers also submitted to CBE a portfolio which contained their instructional and training plans and thorough documentation, supported with journals and photos, of their immersion.
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