Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI) held its first face-to-face session of its three-year training for school leaders from July 25-28, 2023, under its “Mentoring Future Leaders for Nation-Building” program. It uses the International Certificate in Educational Studies in Leadership (CESL) modules implemented in partnership with Ateneo De Manila University, University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), and The HEAD Foundation (Singapore).
Thirty school leaders from public schools across the nation attended the CESL training at the Faber Hall of Ateneo De Manila University. Many come from schools where the SBFI has donated classrooms.
Participants also visited the facilities of Arete Ateneo Creativity and Innovation Hub in Quezon City, Accenture Philippine Hub for Innovation in Bonifacio Global City, and Canva Philippines in Makati City. These industry visits are intended to open the minds of school leaders to the practical application of innovation and customer centricity which are crucial in the transformation of their schools.
“The school leaders will be embarking on contextualized Transformational Action Plans in an attempt to redress contemporary challenges in Philippine education,” said Dr. Vicente Reyes, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Management from University of Nottingham, the main trainer for the CESL modules.
The SBFI’s three-year training program, inclusive of CESL, is designed to be sustainable and aimed at improving the leaders’ skills. It aims to improve instructional leadership, contextual problem solving, and stakeholder engagement.
After the first face-to-face training, participants will draft and implement Transformational Action Plans (TAPs) to directly address issues faced by their schools. They will also receive close monitoring and mentorship by five former CESL graduates to ensure the feasibility and innovativeness of their projects.
“We, school leaders, can make or break our organization depending on how we manage our stakeholders and resources. We should ‘walk the talk,’ and set standards for our school team to follow,” said Benjamin Ongteco, Jr., Principal of Caingin Elementary School from Sta. Rosa, Laguna, an SBFI classrooms construction beneficiary school.
To learn more about SBFI’s projects and how you can contribute, visit www.securitybank.com/foundation.