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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

Spain's school building assistance to improve primary education

Pasig City (24 June) -- Spanish embassy official Miguel Angel Barba has turned-over to Education Secretary Jesli Lapus five new elementary school buildings in Carmen, Agusan del Sur constructed through the assistance of the Spanish government under its Improvement of the Quality of Primary Education (IQPE) program.

Lapus said the new structures, which can withstand severe weather conditions is the culmination of the second part of the bilateral agreement which aims to contribute to the improvement of access to quality education in the Bicol Region and CARAGA.

Under the program, five elementary schools in CARAGA were constructed. Cahayagan is one recipient. There are four other schools in Surigao Del Norte and Siargao, which now have new classrooms.

Lapus emphasized that the school buildings were constructed using the Principal-Led School Building Program. “This project highlights DepEd's commitment to School-Based Management (SBM), which empowers school heads in decision-making and in efficiently managing schools,” Lapus added.

Through decentralized construction management, principal empowerment and active participation of the community, the recipient schools do not only have new classrooms; they also gain valuable experience in decentralization and SBM.

Lapus said that under the IQPE project, initiatives to improve reading proficiency, school planning and operational efficiency are also underway.

Through partnership with the Spanish government, selected schools and divisions in Bicol and CARAGA receive: beginning reading materials, reading standards and assessment tools, SBM grants worth PhP50,000 and training programs on Every Child a Reader Program and School Improvement Plan preparation, implementation and monitoring.

With the new classrooms, together with the learning tools, improved teaching strategies and strengthened management capabilities, students in the CARAGA region are expected to improve their academic performance. (DepEd) [top]

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