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Transforming Education

Schools are called upon to provide with a relevant education needed to ensure that graduates are ready to succeed and prosper in the workplace, build healthy and resilient families, and contribute to economic development and social stability.

Global competencies such as character, critical thinking, creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, collaboration, and problem solving must be prioritized in education to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive and interdependent global society.

Experts estimate that intangibles such as integrity, respect, resilience, conscientiousness, creativity, and in- novation account for some 80 percent how successful a young person will be in life and work.

Innovative education approaches are an investment in a peaceful world for future generations. By placing priori- ty on “life success” instead of “test success,” a reformed education policy can enable youth to graduate as productive, engaged citizens with a stake in society, motivated to fulfill his or her potential in the home, workplace, com- munity and global society.


Transforming Education Session Summary:

February 28 Session 1 - Transforming Education Outcomes with Character and Creativity

Schools are being called upon to transform their school cultures and develop graduates who are well balanced. Employers at all levels are seeking ethical and innovative employees, who can work effectively with others, solve problems and build trust with co-workers, peers, clients and customers.This session will explore how Ministries of Education, schools, principals and teachers are creating new possibilities  in educating the total child through modeling and nurturing character and an entrepreneurship mindset.


  • Prof. Leonor Magtolis Briones, Secretary, Department of Education, Philippines
  • Dr. Ronald Adamat, Commissioner, Office of the President’s Commission on Higher Education, Philippines
  • Richard P. Burgos, Director, Science and Technology Information Institute (STII),
    Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Philippine
  • Dr. Tony Devine, Vice President, Education, Global Peace Foundation
  • Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Moderator: Dr. Florida Labuguen, Executive Director, Philippine Society of NSTP and Implementers Inc.

March 1 Session 2 - Learning for a Purpose: Reshaping What It Means to Educate

Each child is unique and special, has the potential to be good and great, and is naturally curious and  inherently creative. How can teachers transform their classrooms in such a way that each student is engaged and never bored? How can they create an environment that stimulates collaboration, teamwork, respect and problem solving? This session will explore what the twenty-first century classroom can look like and the approaches that great teachers and schools are pioneering in educating the total child.

  • Dr. Dinah Mindo, Regional Chairman - Southern Luzon, Girls Scouts of the Philippines Former Regional Director, Department of Education
  • Maria Elaine De Velez, CEO & Co-Founder, Frontlearners
  • Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, President, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges
  • Mann Renoy, Director, Character Education Partnership, Philippines
  • Moderator: Dr.  Isabelita  Borres, Regional  Director,   Department of  Education  Region IX

March 1 Session 3 - Creating Value through Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Digital Learning

What are the opportunities to nurture student entrepreneurship in schools? How can leadership development enhance that? How can digital skills and technology be utilized to drive student innovation?

How can mentorship from universities  and external partners be expanded? What can leadership teams and teachers  do to support new entrepreneurial models such as incubators to solve real world problems? How will that inspire and enhance learning outcomes?



  • Stephanie Orlino, Head of Education Programs, Smart Communications Inc.
  • Dr. Ricardo Pama, President, University of Cordilleras
  • Rina Lopez – Bautista, President, Knowledge Channel  Foundation
  • Stephen M. Njoroge, Director and Secretary of Board of Management, Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), Kenya
  • Josephin Galla, Director of Public Sector & Security, SAP Asia Pte. Ltd
  • Moderator: Gisela May A. Albano Dean of the College of Computer and Information Sciences, Polytechnic University of the  Philippines

March 1 Session 4 - Scaling Innovative Models for Deep and Lasting Change

How can twenty-first century skills interventions be scaled in a sustainable way? Ministries of Education, higher education institutions, and other civil society stakeholders are exploring strategies to effectively expand innovative interventions into national education systems that maintain depth and sustainability as they adjust to new contexts. What would it take to  create

a critical mass of demonstration schools that would influence education policy? What kinds of innovative thinking, leadership, human and financial resources, and collaborative public, private and social partnerships are needed for high quality, long-term, responsive, meaningful and rigorous impact?

  • Dr. Malcolm Garma, Regional Director Region III, Philippines Department of Education
  • Andrea Escalona, Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM Asia Pacific and Greater China Group
  • Madson Ribeiro, General Manager, Goias for Life, Goiânia, Brazil Daniel Juma, Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya
  • Moderator: Junithesmer Rosales, Dean of College of Education, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

March 2 Session 5: Teacher and Student Partnership: Raising Moral and Innovative Leaders

Transformational leaders influence others through modeling ethical behavior— acting consistently with values and principles, standing up for what is right and keeping promises. In this session teachers and students will explore the role of leaders  as:

  • Role models who are energized and committed, and personify integrity, respect, conscientiousness and courage
  • Team builders who succeed by collaborating with other individuals and teams, inspiring cooperation, confidence and optimism; and
  • Problem solvers who make competent decisions and demonstrate innovative thinking.


  •  Dr. Tony Devine, Vice-President of Education, Global Peace Foundation
  • Joseph Carvin, Founder and CEO, One World United and Virtuous

March 2 Session 6: Positive Social Change, Open Space

This interactive open space session will engage participants on the challenges of hate, radicalization, violent extremism, identity-based conflict and community polarization.

Counteractive and proactive approaches in dealing with these challenges examine peacebuilding, sustainable development, social media campaigning and online safety training. Participants will have an opportunity to consider community based, school and online working models that engage youth, students and community members from diverse tribal, faith traditions, ethnic groups and different backgrounds to build vibrant relationships, social cohesion and strengthening resilience. Community engagement, caring schools, collaborative service projects, youth leadership development and social media campaigning can all work together as an antidote to extremism. The end result is real peace.

  • Barry Fennell, Facilitator, Youth, Education, Community, International Programme Delivery & Projects, Co-operation Ireland
  • Dr. Alan Largey, Project Manager, LEGaSi Project, Co-operation Ireland