Your support of Synergeia since 2003 has helped:
Jesse Robredo’s Governance in Education
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo changed mindset, processes and values in the way public education is delivered. He made the system “bottom-up, transparent and participatory”. He emphasized the importance of measuring performance so that schools and public officials can be accountable to the people. He “Reinvented Local School Boards”, expanded their functions, and broadened their membership. He believed that people should be consulted on how budget should be spent. He exacted efficiency and honesty in public spending. He held school summits shocking parents on the poor learning performance of children. At the same time, he challenged them to work with him in providing them with the best education.
Synergeia has recently concluded our initial mid-assessment of the impact of Education for Governance Effectiveness (EdGE), a program that USAID is supporting. We are happy to note that the program has very positive outcomes:
USAID's Post-Disaster Assistance Inspires Island Community to Support Education
"I have a bag! I have a bag!" Second-grader Calasara Hodlero declared loudly as she came home from school. Calasara's grandmother, Nimfa Hodlero recalls how excited her 7-year old granddaughter was the day she received the new bag from USAID that comes with an English workbook and various school supplies. Calasara is one of about 35,000 pupils in the Visayas Region who received learning materials as part of the post-disaster aid component of USAID's Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) Program implemented by Synergeia Foundation.
Community Incentive Grant Brings Better Learning Conditions to Island School
The expressions on the children's faces said it all the moment the breeze from the electric fan swept their faces. Thanks to the solar panel donated by USAID through Synergeia Foundation, the school can finally use electric fans and children no longer have to suffer from extreme heat inside the classroom. "They can now focus on their studies instead of spending their time fanning themselves," says teacher-in-charge Luna Aresto.
Post-Yolanda Aid Reaches Remotest Town in the Mountains of Iloilo
July 2015 - 8-year old Reinan and 6-year old Reinald Bernil emerge from their home through a rickety bamboo-slatted gate at noon. They proceed to walk uphill to school about a mile away. The brothers, Grades 2 and 3, each wear a blue backpack containing an English workbook and school supplies, all provided by USAID through Synergeia Foundation under the post-disaster assistance package extended to victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that hit the Visayas region late 2013.