Monday, January 29, 2024 - 3:41pm
CEM Champions Early Grade Learning at International Day of Education Forum

The recently concluded International Day of Education 2024 Forum (IDE 2024) echoed a powerful call to support Education in the Transformative Times: Making Early Grade Learning Contribute to Lasting Peace. The event was spearheaded by DepEd’s External Partnerships Service-International Cooperation Office (EPS-ICO) under the leadership of its Director, Dr. Margarita Consolacion C. Ballesteros, and brought together individuals, civil society organizations, and policymakers to chart a course for strengthening primary and secondary education, while fostering greater youth engagement, on January 24 to 26, 2023 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Pasig City. Dr. Alma Ruby C. Torio, Asec for Curriculum and Teaching and Mr. Antonio Joselito G. Lambino II, President of Ayala Foundation Inc., delivered compelling messages as Keynote Speakers.

CEM actively contributed to Day 3 of the of the forum. The sub-theme for the day was Transforming Education in the 21st Century: Early Grade Learning (EGL) Public-Private Partnerships. CEM's commitment to education was evident in its dual role as both discussant and facilitator for a crucial workshop.

CEM's support to quality education and this event was evident, through the dual role that its President & CEO, Dr. Grace H. Aguiling Dalisay actively played on Day 3 of the forum with the sub-theme, Transforming Education in the 21st Century: Early Grade Learning (EGL) Public-Private Partnerships. She took center stage as a Discussant in a panel discussion tackling "Forging Impactful Collaborations: Public and Private Partnerships in Basic Education." It was moderated by Dr. Federico M. Macaranas, member of the Board of Directors of St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP) and Bayan Innovation Group, Inc. and joined by other Discussants namely, Dr. Alberto P. Fenix Jr., Chairperson of Fenix Management and Capital, Inc. and President of PCCI Human Resources Development Foundation, Inc.; Dr. Christopher Bernido, Ph.D., President of Central Visayan Institute Foundation; Dr. Ester Ogena, Former President of Philippine Normal University; and Dr. Malcolm Garma, Education System Strengthening Adviser of ABC+ Project/RTI International.

Dr. Aguiling-Dalisay further solidified CEM's commitment by facilitating a workshop on Public -Private Partnerships on Assessment in EGL, together with Dr. Teresita Rungduin, Vice-President of Research, Extension & Quality Assurance at Philippine Normal University and Chair of Special Education and Early Childhood Education of the Philippine Educational Measurement and Evaluation Association (PEMEA), as Resource Person. This session explored the crucial role of partnerships in strengthening EGL assessment practices which ultimately aims to improve learning outcomes for young children.

DepEd, together with its partners, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Asia Foundation and RTI International, emphasizes the need for collaboration of both the public and private institutions in order to boost EGL and promote its significance to education reform. EGL programs lay the foundation for a child's educational journey, as it is crucial in fostering their Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and overall well-being, as well as success and productivity in later life.

CEM also champions DepEd's vision for a flourishing EGL landscape through diverse initiatives, as it proactively engages in policy dialogues, shares best practices through knowledge-sharing events, forges partnerships for greater impact, and continuously improves its products and services to empower both educators and students alike. This multifaceted approach proves CEM is not just a supporter, but a significant contributor of a future where every child thrives and excels, with the aid of a strong early learning foundation.



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