Soon to Rise at ADMU: An Innovation-Focused School of Education

It's just in time for this "exciting period of reinvention."

Gokongwei Brothers School of Education
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(SPOT.ph) From shift to K-12 to the sudden change to distance learning, the last few years posed a big challenge to the Philippine educational system. In response to this ever-changing educational landscape, the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation and Ateneo de Manila University are partnering up to launch the university's newest component school: Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design. This was announced by Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) President Fr. Roberto C. Yap SJ in a memo to the university community released on May 24.

"The arrival of the new Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design of the Ateneo de Manila could not have come at a better time, now that we are at the threshold of an exciting period of reinvention," said former ADMU president Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin SJ in a statement.

The new Loyola School is part of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation's (GBF) efforts to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the country with the mindset that this field is the driving force for sustainable national development. Aligning with this vision, the endowment will be used towards three strategic goals of the Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design (GBSEALD): capacity building through high-quality teacher education degrees, teacher training, and leadership development; knowledge building through high-impact research to aid educational decisions in educational policy; and network building through strategic partnerships with other educational institutions here and abroad, government agencies, and non-government organizations geared towards the Philippine educational reform.

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The partnership will also establish the Lily Gokongwei Ngochua Leadership Academy under GBSEALD. It's set to offer leadership development programs for education leaders, particularly principals in the public education sector.

"The school promises not only to raise the quality of Philippine education by upskilling teachers and upgrading content and pedagogy in a digital world. 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," Villarin added.

"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," GBF chairman Lance Y. Gokongwei said.

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