U.S. and Philippines Celebrate Cooperation on Good Governance in Education at 12th National Education Summit

Manila, September 7, 2018  — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), convened the 12th National Education Summit on September 6, 2018 in partnership with the Philippine government and Synergeia Foundation.  More than 400 leaders from local governments, schools, and the private sector gathered to share good practices in education governance, including topics such as increasing community engagement, budgeting, partnering with the public and private sector and civil society, and decentralization of basic education.  Vice President Leni Robredo delivered the keynote address at the summit.

The summit is a part of USAID’s five-year, Php489 million Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) project that supports the Philippines’ goal of boosting learning outcomes in the early grades.  Since 2013, USAID and the Philippine government strengthened capacity of local governments, school boards, and administrations to effectively plan, manage, and evaluate education programs.  As a result of the partnership, schools now tailor programs to address students’ needs, benefiting 2.2 million children in 91 cities and municipalities across the country.  In May 2018, USAID expanded the EdGE project to address barriers to accessing education faced by students displaced by the Marawi conflict, particularly girls.

At the end of the summit, USAID and Synergeia awarded the Seal of Good Education Governance to 17 local governments in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao for demonstrating remarkable commitment to improving education governance.  The children in their respective regions have achieved higher reading scores, and student attendance has increased.  As a result, more children are now expected to complete primary school.

“The U.S. government believes that early-grade literacy is the foundation for future learning.  But this foundation also requires strong community engagement, accountability, and transparency in education,” said the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Michael S. Klecheski.  “I commend you for taking the necessary steps in investing in your children, and therefore, investing in our common future.”

The winners of the Seal are: Bacnotan, La Union; Navotas City and Valenzuela City, Metro Manila; Diadi, Sta. Fe, Solano, and Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya; Diffun, Quirino; Mambusao, Capiz; Concepcion, Lambunao, Leon, and Mina, Iloilo; Maribojoc, Bohol; Datu Paglas, Maguindanao; Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental; and Bongao, Tawi Tawi.

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About USAID:

USAID is the lead U.S. government agency for international development and disaster assistance. In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to build a more stable, prosperous, and well-governed nation. For more information, visit http://www.usaid.gov/philippines or email infoph@usaid.gov.