February 03, 2018

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.