Adult Education in the Philippines Gets Push as HEIs Sign Commitment

No less than Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Prospero “Popoy” De Vera III led the signing of the higher education institutions’ oath of commitment to adult education last February 5, 2019 during the Adult Education Roadshow at Royce Hotel in Pampanga.

Thirty HEI presidents from different colleges, universities, and state colleges and universities, including BU President, Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda, signed the oath of commitment, as witnessed by representatives from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Baliuag University was the only university in Bulacan and one of three in Central Luzon invited to the event.

The Adult Education Roadshow in Pampanga was the culmination of the Toronto training and series of learning sessions participated in by the Canada 30. Ma. Niña I. Adriano, BU’s representative at the Canada training, gave a presentation on Data-Driven Adult Education Programs at the event. She was joined by Dr. Enriqueta D. Reston of the University of San Carlos and Dr. Alvic Arnado of the Caraga State University.

Among the significant outputs of the Canada 30 was a policy recommendation named “Sikhay: Shaping Policy on Adult Education in Philippine Higher Education”, which contains the policy framework on adult education, incentives for Adult Education 
delivering institutions, institutional qualification, and partnerships and linkages, among others. It aims “to lay the groundwork for a more comprehensive and informed state policy on lifelong learning vis-à-vis the strategic directions contained in the Philippine Development Plan in order for the country to support the development of education systems that promote people-centeredness”.

Baliuag University, along with the other HEIs, is set to pioneer an adult education program with the implementation of the training proposals submitted to CHED last year by the Canada 30.

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