CALOOCAN CITY, April 6 (PIA) — Navotas has bagged the Seal of Good Education Governance (SGEG) from Synergeia Foundation for the third consecutive year.
The city received the recognition during the 14th National Educational Summit.
Only two local government units in the National Capital Region were given such distinction.
Mayor Toby Tiangco thanked the city’s education sector and all its partners and stakeholders.
“We are grateful to our teachers, parents, local school boards, school governing councils and all of our education stakeholders for their steadfast commitment to give Navoteno youth the best education possible, whatever the circumstances are,” Tiangco said.
Last year, Navotas distributed 49,000 NavoSchool-in-a-Box (NavoBox) to carry out the Department of Education’s Learning Continuity Plan for 2020-2021. The NavoBox contained textbooks, self-learning modules, worksheets, lesson guides for parents/guardians, school supplies, and hygiene kits.
The Department of Education recognized NavoBox as a model for blended learning delivery and used as benchmark by other cities nationwide.
The Navotas Schools Division Office also launched the Hatid-Aral Project, wherein barangay officials and members of school governing councils helped deliver the NavoBox to the homes of students whose parents could not physically pick it up.
It also instituted the Project: Teach-a-Learning Child (Project TLC), wherein a volunteer tutor assists a learner with the worksheets in the NavoBox.
Navotas also distributed 3,057 smart phones and 52,740 USB-OTG to public elementary and high school students, 123 laptops for teachers, and one copying machine for each of the 24 public schools in the city.
“We shall continue our efforts to provide our students with quality and inclusive education in spite of the challenges brought about by the pandemic,” Tiangco said.
Synergeia is a coalition of individuals, institutions, and organizations working to improve the quality of basic education in the country.
It has partnered with USAID, PLDT, and Smart Communications to implement this initiative intended to help promote good governance, transparency, accountability, and efficiency among local governments.
The Seal serves as both as a carrot and a stick for communities and their governments to recognize that children are their most important constituents, and that giving them opportunities for better education is their passport to a safer and better future. (PIA NCR)