Last 29 September 2015, the Association of Foundations (AF) visited LFI office to evaluate its membership application. The evaluation visit was spearheaded by Ms. Dolor Cardeño, executive director of Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Foundation, Inc. and accompanied by Ms. Judie Segesmundo, administration manager from ERDA.
The Association of Foundation is the country’s first network of non-government organizations (NGOs). Established in November 1972, its mission is to enable its member foundations to develop sustainable programs that serve their communities.
LFI is looking forward to learn, work, and benchmark with AF and its member foundations so it can implement its mission much better.
Lao Foundation continues to welcome institutions and entities equally eager and determined to develop empowered individuals and enabled communities through education and values clarification. It primarily works with partners who have better capabilities in implementing direct programs and services for the empowerment of the poor and put resources into optimum use.
Ms. Rowena Lopez, Senior Director in Programs of Ayala Foundation (AFI) together with Mr. Ireneo Demecais, Manager in Education visited LFI’s office last October 5, 2015. Ayala Foundation is committed to helping improve the quality of education in the country, particularly in the public sector. Their projects in education focus on primary education and seek to bridge the gap between privileged and underserved students, especially in terms of access to quality public education.
Among many Ayala Foundation programs, there are two which LFI can explore for possible partnering:
1) The Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX) which provides holistic, high-quality primary education for bright children from economically disadvantaged families. It is a partnership project of AFI, the Department of Education, the City Government of Manila, the Provincial Government of Batangas, parents, donors, and volunteers. It operates two public schools - one in Tondo, Manila, and another in Bauan, Batangas.
2) The Training Institute is a two-year teacher training program that focuses on four essential elements for lifelong learning - classroom pedagogy, development of critical thinking skills, values clarification, and use of technology in the classroom. The program is conducted as parallel sessions for principals and master teachers.
LFI and Ayala Foundation initially got connected during the League of Foundation’s general assembly meeting last 11 September 2015. LFI is looking forward to work with Ayala Foundation on education projects.