RAFI has launched a new annual, evidence-based awards program for outstanding public elementary and high schools in Cebu. SEED, or Seal of Excellence in Education Development, aims to assess school performance, broaden community involvement in evaluation and improvement of schools, engage the school community in promoting effective school governance, and share best school practices.
Using a set of guidelines, school performance will be reviewed by three key representatives of the school community — the school head, the Parents-Teachers Association president, and the barangay captain.
The award was developed to deepen RAFI’s involvement in the organization of School Governance Councils (SGCs) across Cebu, which draws from one of the Department of Education’s Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda. The foundation, though its Education Development Unit, has since engaged 10 LGUs in Cebu in the project.
The SEED award also aligns with RAFI’s vision of “Touching People, Shaping the Future” and its brand promise of “elevating lives through a comprehensive approach that champions best practices in community development”.