Saturday, February 20, 2016

Naga City’s 'education for all' program benefits village pre-schoolers
By Irene A. Solmirano

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 19 (PNA) -- Recognizing the need for providing day care services to children aged 3-6 years old, the Naga City Government started in 1990 education programs to help its poor constituents achieve their dreams and goals in life.

Now, Naga City Mayor John Bongat said Friday, one of these programs, the Early Education Program (Educare), a pillar of having “Good Schools” and one of the 12 elements of Naga’s Maogmang Lugar vision, has been reaping the fruits of the volunteers' labor.

The city, Bongat said, is committed to the vision of “education for all” and the sustainable development goals, a human rights–based approach to development and is now gaining momentum in its efforts toward these ends.

This new approach led to the introduction of the School for Early Education and Development (SEED) using the Montessori system.

It has since grown to become a key service program, with Educare centers catering to pre-school children in all of the city’s barangays.

Bongat said that aside from providing the basic amenities needed at the center, the city government also gave one unit of tablet each to all day care centers in the city.

“This is to help them in the quick and easy preparation of their lesson plans,” he said.

The mayor also shared that the day care workers are given regular training for them to enhance/improve their teaching skills.

He said the city also offers scholarship to day care teachers who are unable to finish their college course.

To date, there are 21 day care workers who have completed their course in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

Impressed by the Naga City Educare Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development recognized Naga City local government unit for its creative innovation and combined childcare and early education.

The Early Education Program received the “Best New Social Technology under the Panata Ko sa Bayan” award of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Bongat, Educare division supervisor Elsie Romano and DSWD Bicol Regional Director Arnel Garcia received the trophy and a cash prize from DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano “Dinky” Soliman and Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin during the awarding ceremony held at the Asian Institute of Management on Jan. 28 in line with the 65th DSWD Anniversary Celebration.

The “Pagkakilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (Panata Ko sa Bayan) awards acknowledges the efforts of individuals, groups, and organizations whose “panata” or vow is to share their resources, time and selves in providing better opportunities for the disadvantaged sector.

The “Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan“ is an award given to either an LGU, non-government organizations or DSWD Field Office that has introduced a new and effective social technology deemed as best practice based on the standard set. (PNA) LAP/FGS/IAS/CBD/EDS