How Ateneo and Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Plan to Tackle Education Reform

The school will open in a time of great change in the Philippine education system.
by Anri Ichimura for Esquiremag.ph   |  May 26, 2021
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The Philippine education system has been forever altered by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the Commission on Higher Education announced that there would be "no going back" to the former "normal" state of education and "flexible learning will be the new norm."

With these permanent changes, the old ways of teaching will need a drastic revamp to provide Filipino youths with quality education, something Ateneo has already been preparing for.

Fr. Roberto C. Yap S.J., president of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), has announced that ADMU and the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) have teamed up to establish Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design (GBSEALD). Aiming to create a lasting impact in education, GBSEALD will prioritize the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), and educators' professional development, according to GBF chairman Lance Gokongwei.

The new school was named in recognition of the sizeable endowment from GBF, which will also be launching the Lily Gokongwei Ngochua Leadership Academy under GBSEALD. The leadership academy will focus on offering development programs to educators from both private and public institutions.

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“We believe that this endowment and strategic partnership with a trusted institution like Ateneo allows us to become a meaningful contributor towards helping transform Philippine education to meet the challenges of a continuously evolving world,” Gokongwei adds.

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The school, which took years to get off the ground, will prioritize upskilling, capacity-building, knowledge-building, and network-building in order to catch up with the demands of the times, all while producing high-quality educators who will go on to teach literacy and critical thinking to Filipino youths.

“The school promises not only to raise the quality of Philippine education by upskilling teachers and upgrading content and pedagogy in a digital world,” said Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin S.J., former president of the university. “It will also be busy working with others to upscale the lessons we have learned and remove the systemic and leadership burdens that have bedeviled us for decades.”

With the birth of a new breed of students, adapted to flexible pandemic-age learning, the education system will also need a new breed of teachers.

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