September 24, 2010
BIG STEP FOR
By Lou Hernandez
All the country’s
ills is rooted in education – or the lack of it.
Pick any particular problem that the country has
– poverty, disease, overpopulation, joblessness – and
most likely, it stems from lack of education, which
equates to lack of opportunities for most Filipinos.
schools encounter the same problems every year, optimism
runs high among concerned sectors.
In fact, ABS-CBN Bayan
Academy, Rex Book Store
and the Knowledge Channel recently launched the
Excellence in Education Transformation Awards (EETA),
which aims to recognize efforts of schools that innovate
and achieve expected outcomes leading to improvements in
the quality of their education programs and offerings.
This award is very timely as most schools have
been quartered to the same system due to lack of funding
or sometimes creativity among its leaders.
It also recognizes
the efforts of individuals and institutions that have
led the change to improve the quality of education in
through collaborative partnership.
“The EETA will
motivate schools to pursue academic excellence and
efficient school administration.
The winners will exemplify transformation – in
the sense that it refers to the ability of the school to
innovate and manage changes, to improve and turn around
a difficult situation and to upgrade or uplift education
standards,” said Dr. Eduardo Morato, Jr., ABS-CBN Bayan
Morato adds: “The
EETA is a coming together of people, institutions and
organizations that are committed and dedicated to the
education schools nationwide are eligible for the EETA,
which will have award categories such as Top Award for
Educational Transformation; Excellence in Educational
Transformation Award (Sectarian/Religious small
category; Sectarian/Religious big category;
Sectarian/Diocesan small category; Sectarian/Diocesan
big category; Non-Sectarian small category;
Non-Sectarian big category; and Government category).
The latter is most
coveted as it was aptly named the Oscar M. Lopez
Leadership in Educational Transformation Award to be
given by the Knowledge Channel.
This award goes to individuals/organizations that
show the qualities of collaborative efforts that paved
the way for the accomplishment of their transformation.
A separate screening process and criteria were
set for this award.
“As tribute to our
chairman Oscar M. Lopez, who has served both as an
inspiration and a driving force behind the Knowledge
Channel’s success in helping improve Philippine public
education, KCFI is launching the Oscar M. Lopez
Leadership in Educational Transformation Award,” says
KCFI president Rina Lopez-Bautista.
“Keeping true to
our mission of educating and empowering learners through
media, we hope that through this Award, more and more
sectors of society will actively part in transforming
Philippine education,” she said.
Qualified for the OML award are individuals
(private or public) and organizations (sectarian or
non-sectarian) engaged in advocacy work for education in
These may or may not be based in the Philippines but
should only have Philippine educational entities as
“I would like to
encourage like minded individuals to do the same.
There’s so much to be done to help the country.
And in order to do that, we need a scalable,
replicable and reachable solutions.
We believe that this could be replicated by
individuals as well,” Lopez-Bautista says.
Joining in this
project is Rex Book Store.
“As the leading publisher in the Philippines, Rex
Book Store has partnered with schools in teachers’
development and curriculum design that aims for
sustainability and relevance of their school systems.
Like Bayan Academy,
Rex Book Store is also an advocate of whole brain
learning philosophy and innovation,” said Don Timothy
Buhain, COO of Rex Book Store.
the EETA and the OML Leadership in Educational
Transformation Award are now being accepted.
The awarding will be held in September 2011.
A cash prize of P300,000 and trophies await the
winners in the seven categories, while the winner of the
Top Award will receive P500,000 and a trophy.
For more information, call Zaida Villanueva,
Secretariat, EETA, at 9203025; e-mail
. Or visit Bayan
Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and
Human Resource Development, 2/F Calderon Bldg., 827
EDSA, Quezon City. Log on to http://www.abs-cbnbayanfoundation.com