Sarah Jane dela Rosa speaks before teachers and school leaders at an Inclusive Education and Disability Training of Trainers for the Divisions of Baybay City, Biliran, and Leyte in Region 8.

At 22 years old, Sarah Jane dela Rosa is still in Grade 5. No, it was not poverty that made her struggle to progress to a higher grade. Sarah has cerebral palsy since birth, and like many children with disabilities (CWD), this meant a whole world of struggles against discrimination and educational barriers for her.

She was first enrolled in a Special Education (SPED) Center at the Doña Juana Elementary School in Quezon City. Sarah recalled that when she moved to a regular classroom, her teacher advised that she be transferred to another school because her teacher was not trained to handle special children. Sarah then moved to a nearby public school with no SPED center where she began being discriminated against and where she realized that “there were experiences in life that were more ‘disabling’ than my actual illness”.

Part of BEST support provided to the Department of Education is training on Organizational Assessment on Monitoring and Evaluation.  The aim of the training is to build the capability of the DepEd Planning Service on how to implement organization assessment in the context of monitoring and evaluation.  It employed a two-pronged approach training delivery to include the in-house orientation sessions and on-field learning application.  The in-house orientation sessions provided the overview of the concepts, principles and practices of monitoring and evaluation, understanding the indicators on organizational growth stages and orientation and appreciation of the various processes and tools of generating data, interpreting and analyzing the data, preparing and presenting the report.  The BEST M & E Senior Specialist provided technical inputs during series of in-house orientation sessions.

 

Last July 30, 2016, teachers from Southville IV Elementary School in Sta. Rosa, Laguna kickstarted a new Professional Learning Community (PLC) in their school, with the theme, “Teaching Reading through Inclusive Education”. This initiative is spearheaded by Teach for the Philippines fellow, Kathleen Zambas.

This was the vibe last August 1 during the LAC Starter Toolkit Gallery at the BEST Central Office. Though held in a glass-enclosed room, the activity created an open space for team-wide collaboration. 

 

Department of Education – Regional Office VIII (Eastern Visayas) in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) embarked on a program to map out all the out-of-school children as well as advance inclusive education in the region. The data findings were presented in a whole day summit entitled IncluEd 8 last July 27, 2016 at the Ormoc City Superdome, Ormoc City, participated in by representatives from all 13 DepEd divisions of region VIII. One of the highlights of the summit was when different donor agencies, advocates and champions discussed their efforts and initiatives in support of the further implementation of inclusive education in the Eastern Visayas.