Last February 16, 2016 Lao Foundation met with Fr. Carmelo A. Caluag, director for programs of Magna Anima Education System, Inc. and Ms. Thelma Co, principal of Cubao Elementary School to explore possible project.
Magna Anima Education System, Inc. (Magna) is a private sector social enterprise that specializes in training and formation services for educational institutions, private corporations, and communities. The company focuses on the enhancement of public school education in the Philippines by building caring communities in the schools they work with. Magna forms and nurtures partnerships with and for each public school it works with to attain the goals stated in its vision and mission. Such partnerships are with both the public and private sectors and inspired by an African proverb (“it takes a tribe to raise a child”), to paraphrase, it takes a community to educate and form its youth.
It thrives to inspire a renewal and transformation movement in our public schools that will lead to the building of caring communities in our schools, particularly the public schools, and forming mission-inspired teachers who will love their students into excellence.
What started as a leadership formation program for teachers, Magna Anima’s flagship program, the Master of Arts in Education, major in School Community Development (MAEd-SCD) is now in partnership with Lyceum of the Philippines.
Through donors and partners, teachers of sponsored school are given the chance to have a master’s degree which will subsequently give them the chance to be promoted and/or elevated to a higher salary grade level. But the most important aspect of the program is the transformation of the teachers in the way they care for their students towards excellence which in turn would transform the student and the school as a whole. The program also requires that the teacher under the program submits a development plan for his/her school and that it should be embraced by the school.
To ensure that there is no reason for the teacher not to be able to attend the class, there are on-site classes. Classes are held in the school where the teachers teach. Sometimes there are classes in the formation house of Magna Anima in Laguna but the teachers are provided with transportation and accommodation.
Because not all can cope with the academic requirements of the program, the course is designed such that the first two (2) semesters are formation courses and it serves to screen those who can push through with the program. Though some teachers may not be able to finish the master’s program, they know the framework of the program and they would be able to contribute fully to the transformation of the school.
They also have a Senior High School Program working together with DepEd and the local government unit of Quezon City. Magna Anima is set to introduce a senior high school program in partnership with ABS-CBN, BEREA, British Council and Phil Transmarine. This is to be implemented in selected schools. The courses are designed such that it is matched to job opportunities available.