Enabling Education Communities turned over to DepEd Camiguin

After engaging with various stakeholders and advocates in the field of education, Enabling Education Communities (EEC), an Ayala Foundation project supported by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), was successfully turned over to the Department of Education – Division of Camiguin Province last May 3.

During the event, AFI handed over to DepEd Camiguin the EEC Terminal Report, and the 2,160 Mother Tongue Big Books, accompanied by advocacy tarps for reading and children’s rights. AFI also handed over the Servant Leadership in Practice (SLIP) project fund for 10 high schools.

The turnover ceremony was attended by education supervisors, school governing council officers, and all the heads of the 55 elementary and 10 high schools in Camiguin. Also present was Vice Governor Hon. Leo Lasacar, who represented the Camiguin provincial government.

The Mother Tongue Big Books were all written in Bisaya and Kinamiguing to provide culture-based teaching and learning for the young readers. The big books showcased the unique stories about the beauty and history of Camiguin. The school heads, who wrote the big books, were very happy to see and to hold physical copies of their books. “We can now really call ourselves writers,” said Bernardita Babanto, author of the story Ang Sugilanon Mahitungod sa Macao. “The stories we wrote are now the books which our pupils can enjoy.”

The SLIP project fund worth P10,000, meanwhile, would be used to seed the community projects of the 10 recipient high schools. SLIP was the result of the teachers’ support for AFI’s Leadership Communities (LeadCom) project. The teachers served as mentors and facilitators during the LeadCom-organized Leadership Camp for student leaders.

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