Education 2030: A CEAP summit on basic education

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), in collaboration with the National Basic Education Commission (NBEC), hosted a pivotal summit titled “EDUCATION 2030: Realities, Resiliencies, and Recommendations: A CEAP Summit on Basic Education” from March 7-8, 2024, at the Benilde Hotel Maison De La Salle. This event aimed to deepen the understanding of the current state of Basic Catholic Education in the Philippines, share resilient strategies and tools for institutional strengthening, and compile actionable recommendations tailored to the unique contexts of CEAP member institutions. It successfully convened 300 participants from CEAP member schools across the nation, facilitating a rich exchange of insights and strategies for resilience and adaptation in the face of evolving educational landscapes.

The summit was inaugurated with an Opening Eucharistic Celebration, led by Fr. Mauricio T. Ulep, CMF, CEAP Vice-President, along with co-presiders Rev. Fr. Rooney John G. Undar, SDB, Vice-President for Academics at Don Bosco Technical College-Cebu, and Rev. Fr. Edwin M. Chio, Principal of Sto. NiƱo Seminary. This spiritual commencement set the tone for the reflective and forward-thinking discussions that followed.

The program began with a panel discussion on the Current Realities in Basic Education, where attendees received comprehensive reports on crucial aspects of the current basic education landscape. Ms. Rhodora Angela F. Ferrer, Executive Director of PEAC, highlighted the findings of the EDCOM II Year One Report. Dir Samuel R. Soliven, Director III from the Department of Education’s Bureau of Curriculum Development, provided an in-depth look at the newly introduced MATATAG Curriculum. This was complemented by Dr. Richard R. Jugar, Faculty at the University of San Carlos, who presented an analysis of international assessments.

Subsequent plenary sessions delved into Resiliency Initiatives, with Dr. Maria Teresa Bayle, School Director at St. Theresa’s College, Quezon City, discussing the institutionalization of Quality Assurance, and Mr. Francis Jim Tuscano, EdTech Coordinator at Xavier School San Juan, exploring the integration of technology in classrooms.

The summit’s second day was ignited by an inspiring message from CEAP President, Fr. Albert N. Delvo, reiterating CEAP’s commitment to advancing Basic Education through its advocacies. The day continued with a session on Resiliency Initiatives Towards Institutionalizing Teacher Empowerment by Dr. Felna P. Espque, PhD, further enriching the dialogue.

Concluding the summit, Mr. Narcy F. Ador Dionisio synthesized the discussions, proposing a Framework for Sustainable Quality Education, which promises to guide future actions and strategies within the CEAP community.

The success of this summit has paved the way for a second iteration, this time in Cebu. Details are being finalized, and the educational community is eagerly awaiting the continuation of these important conversations. Stay tuned for more information on this forthcoming event, as we collectively strive toward a resilient and adaptive future for Catholic education in the Philippines.

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