Top Performing Schools Recognized at Rafi Seed Grants Expo

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The RAMON Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), through its Education Development Unit (EDU), on Friday July 22 recognized the 10 “outstanding” public primary and secondary schools in Cebu as part of the culminating activity of its Seed Grants Expo 2022.

Representatives of “Outstanding Schools” presented their recent achievements, projects, best practices and improvements made possible by a grant from Rafi.

The grant was awarded to help schools promote educational development in their respective communities through knowledge sharing, collaboration and cross-learning.

In her opening remarks, Amaya Aboitiz-Fansler, President and CEO of Rafi, expressed her gratitude to everyone involved in the program.

“So I just want everyone to be recognized and I wish you all the best as the kids come back and there will be a lot of challenges along the way, but the feeling of seeing the kids back in the classroom, back to the school is amazing,” Aboitiz-Fansler said.

“We in the Rafi and the education team are committed to supporting the education system, to continuing to create opportunities like these, where we come together and share ideas, where we continue to build partnerships and we aim to work with you to continue to build the capacity of our schools, so you are all essential to this process and we will never succeed without you,” added Aboitiz-Fansler.

Among the presenters on Friday was Pit-os Elementary School in Carcar City, which received a 1.5 million peso grant for its Project Sug-ang (Surfeit Understanding on Good and Appropriate Nutrition on Graders) and Project United (Uplifting and Nurturing Individuals through Technological Empowerment and Development).

Project Sug-ang aimed to prevent malnutrition and undernourishment among its students for the 2021-2022 school year, while Project United’s goal was to increase the digital literacy of students in grades 3-6. year from 10% to 30% by June 2022.

“We want to make sure that the skills we will be teaching our students are grounded at their level so that our students can learn the skills they want,” Debie Satinitigan said in her video message.

Satinitigan was part of the teaching staff at Pit-os Elementary School that ran Project United.

For the secondary category, Compostela National High School of Compostela, Cebu received a grant of 1.5 million pesos for being the top performing school last year.

The grant was used to implement his Raise (Resources and Instruction Sustaining Education) project, which aimed to reduce the number of non-readers from 112 to 80 students by 2022.

It was in May 2021 that Rafi awarded the grants to Cebu’s 10 high performing schools as part of his Seal of Excellence in Education Development (Seed) awards, an assessment program that used evidence-based scorecards to provide grants for educational development.

The top 10 public elementary and secondary schools are:

Elementary category

1st place: Pit-os Elementary School, Carcar City (Project Sug-ang and Project United) with a grant of 1.5 million pesos

2nd place: Bogo Central School 2, Bogo City (implementation of digital learning facilities and services project), P1 million grant

3rd place: Sinsin Elementary School, Cebu City (Tambayayong Program) with a grant of P500,000

4th place: Carmen Elementary School, City of Toledo (Dare to Dear Program) with a grant of P200,000

5th place: Cordova Central School, Cordova (Creative Articulation and Reading Enhancement Center) with a grant of P200,000

Secondary category:

1st place: Compostela National High School, Compostela (Raise project) with a grant of 1.5 million pesos

2nd Place: Don Andres Soriano National High School, Toledo City (Center for Research Studies) with a grant of P1 million

3rd place: Liburon National High School, Naga City (5 Ps Project) with a grant of P500,000

4th place: Uling National High School, Naga City (loving reading to achieve dreams) with P200,000 grant

5th place: Binabag National High School, Bogo City (digitized classroom teaching) with a grant of P200,000

The Rafi Seed Grants Expo is an annual data collection, tracking, evaluation and awards event that aims to increase the number of high performing public schools in the region by engaging, mobilizing and empowering school communities and at the same time time by promoting best practices with local initiatives. (EHP)

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