The Education Forum, a platform for consultation and collaboration among education stakeholders and partners, was utilized in engaging partners and stakeholders in the process. Through GPE’s support, the Basic Education Sector Analysis was finalized and the formulation of the BEDP could start.
A participatory process to build ownership of the plan
To set the long-term direction on basic education, a high-level visioning and direction setting workshop was conducted with Secretary Leonor Briones, the Executive Committee members, and the regional and central office directors. Separate sessions with children and youth were also conducted to elicit their views and aspirations on education.
By listening to the voices of youth (learners), we generated practical needs and priorities for the short and long term. Learners mentioned that they wanted more practice in reading, that they needed complete sets of learning materials, and wanted safe and bully-free schools.
Civil society partners, who are an integral part of the Education Forum, pushed to expand coverage of the alternative learning system, ensuring an inclusive and gender sensitive education system.
With this, the BEDP 2030 Results Framework was developed, outlining the priorities for the Department of Education in addressing the immediate and long-term challenges confronting basic education, particularly the impact of COVID-19.
The intermediate outcomes spell out what the agency aspires for the learners to acquire through its 4 pillars (access, equity, quality, resiliency and well-being), and governance as enabling mechanisms.
The strategies under each pillar shall serve as the springboard in formulating policies, systems, programs and projects. These shall address issues and challenges identified in the analysis.