ACED, HP conduct strategic planning workshops for public schools
For more than a decade now, the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) has been extending support and institutional services to public schools to contribute in enhancing the country’s educational system.
Recently, ACED conducted a two-day strategic planning workshop among 120 participants from the public school sector of Quezon City. The workshop aimed to encourage the group, which was a mix of principals, teachers, parents and barangay officials, to work together as a community.
Helping ACED in this endeavor was a young team of 12 volunteers from Hewlett Packard Philippines Corporation. The HP volunteers, who acted as facilitators, guided the participants in designing a strategic plan that outlines “priority areas for improvement” of their respective schools. They also gave advice and guidance in the areas of planning and organizational development by integrating a series of challenges and activities into the two-day session. The workshop culminated in a presentation of concrete action plans to effect changes that would benefit the schools and the students.
This ACED-initiated strategic planning workshop series was successively offered in January, July, and September this year and has so far involved 38 HP volunteers. The sessions were held at the Ateneo High School to accommodate the 120 participants per batch. The volunteers were team leaders from various departments of the HP Manila office and quite a number of them are Ateneo alumni “who want to give back.”
Amelia Perez, a project director of ACED, says that “there have been so many exciting results from the workshop and without the tireless efforts of facilitators from HP these would not have been possible.”
Acknowledgement: Ms. Justine Thomson, volunteer from Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD)