Friday, April 29, 2011

CBE embarks initiatives to promote quality education

CBE embarks initiatives to promote quality education
By Janice G. Emate
The Freeman
April 29, 2011

CEBU, Philippines - The Coalition for Better Education (CBE) has presented its current initiatives towards improving the quality of education in the country.

CBE’s programs and projects seek to create and sustain relevant and empowered learning environments and eventually provide better education for all.

The Executive Director of CBE Luchi C. Flores, presented the CBE project which is the Involving Communities for Better Education (iNCUBE). It is designed to allow the community to co-administer and co-manage the plans, programs and projects of the local public school.

Flores said that iNCUBE showcases the involvement of the community in the governance of local public school.

The iNCUBE was piloted by the Tayud National and Elementary Schools in Consolacion, Cebu.

Under the iNCUBE program, a community-based center was established in Tayud National High School. It provides fee-based services to community members for learning and business activities.

Another initiative is the Center for Teacher Excellence (CefTex). It is a joint project of the CBE, Cebu Normal University, City Savings Bank, Globe Telecom and Microsoft Philippines.

It provides a facility for teachers to demonstrate advance and relevant knowledge of education with advance teaching skills and techniques.

In addition, CBE president Dr. Caridad C. Labe said they support the K+12 program. She added that the teachers are now ready for the said program.

Mr. Jessie M. Cubijano of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) said that they acknowledge the value of education as a way of reducing poverty. PBSP is a great supporter of CBE.

Globe Telecom Representative Jeffrey Tarayao said that Globe, as a partner of CBE, wants the organization to spread outside Cebu.

Augusto Carpio Managing Director of the Aboitiz Foundation stressed that the foundation is willing to help CBE since the major problem of the country now revolves in education.

CBE is a non-government organization composed of various education stakeholders from the academe, students, parents, government, business, non-government organizations, media and civic groups.