In this complex, rapidly evolving, globally connected, highly technological, and environmentally fragile world, the need for holistic development has been the goal of most schools for quite a while. But how do we educate a Whole Child in the 21st Century? Last October 12 to 13, 2017 at Sofitel Manila, we the REX Group of Companies, held our Annual Educators Congress (AECon) to engage and enable our partners in education in educating the Filipino Whole Child.
With the theme: Securing the Success of the Whole Child in the 21st Century, over 700 delegates from different schools across the archipelago immersed themselves with us to further understand what the Whole Child is and how it is a crucial path for a better and brighter future for all of us.
THE ROLE OF EVERYONE IN EDUCATION
Hosted by Teresita “Bobet” Gutierrez, the 2 day congress started with a warm message from our Chairman, Atty. Dominador Buhain, represented by our Knowledge Group Director, Ms. Danda Crimelda Buhain Garcia and a virtual message from Deb Delisle, Executive Director of ASCD. Followed immediately by a panel discussion about the contributions of each sector in the holistic education of each child. The panel facilitated by Ms. Rita Atienza, Philippine Curriculum Expert, included former DepEd Undersecretary Dr. Dina Ocampo to represent the education sector, Mrs. Arlyn Hernandez of Educhild to represent parents, and President and Founding Partner Rags2Riches, Inc., Ms. Reese Fernandez-Ruiz.
A WHOLE CHILD FOR THE WHOLE WORLD
Sean Slade, ASCD’s Director of Outreach later spent the day engaging our partners about the Whole Child approach and how it is an important part of education and our future, asking educators: “Are we teaching students or subjects?”. Following Sean was the launch of Project Nexus, the REX and Miriam College Innovation partnership. Facilitated by Dr. Edizon Fermin, Director of Innovation Development at Miriam College, he explained how partnerships and everyone being involved in Whole Child Education. A special night of food, drinks, and relaxation was later prepared for the delegates with Karylle, Nonoy Zuniga, and Marco Sison serenading our dear educators.
Just outside the congress hall were booths showcasing our symphony of learning solutions like our Core Learning Materials for Basic Education Categories like S.T.E.M. (Science, Math, HELE/TLE, and Computer), Communication Arts (English and Filipino), and Character Formation (Religion, Values Education, Social Studies, and MAPEH) and Senior High School. REX Digital highlighted our offerings for digital learning solutions like Learning Management Systems Schoology and My 21C Classroom, our LMS for schools having trouble with network connections while REX Institute for Student Excellence (RISE) showcased our Assessment tools for educators and learners. Also present in the expo area was REAP and professional development programs and the Project Nexus Booth.
21ST CENTURY LEARNING FOR EACH CHILD
Day 2 was focused on 21st Century Education for the Whole Child. With David Ross, CEO of Partnership for 21st Century Learning, leading the discussion about innovating the way educators teach in the present so they can prepare students for the future. Followed by Myla Lee and Andrew Miller, P21 Consultants, who went deeper about 21st Century Education with Philippine Curriculum Expert Ms. Rita Atienza summarizing the learnings from the congress.
OUR REASON FOR BEING EMPOWERING OUR SYMPHONY OF LEARNING SOLUTIONS
Towards the end of the sessions, The General Managers of the REX Knowledge Groups talked about our commitment to strengthen our Symphony of Learning Solutions to better engage and enable our partners in education. Started by REX Publishing General Manager Sam Baltazar and the our Core Learning Materials that centers on the Whole Child Approach, followed by Timmy Tuazon, General Manager of REX Digital about inspiring through technology and innovation, and REX Institute for Student Excellence (RISE)’s GM, Dexter Ngo, discussing the elevation of the success potential of the Filipino Whole Child through Assessment Tools and Programs.
Finally, our COO, Don Timothy Buhain ended with a heart warming message to everyone about going back to our roots and revisiting our reason for being, Why Do We Do the Things that We Do, and the importance of partnerships for the success of each Filipino Child.
Local group The Company then sings a wonderful rendition of the Para Sa Bata song followed by everyone signing commitment forms to symbolize and remember the reason why we are here in the education sector. A book called “Aklat ng Pangako” will be published compiling the delegates’ and REX Associates’ commitment to the Whole Child.
As we move forward in the 21st Century, Are We Educating the Whole Child? How can we all contribute to the Whole Child for the Whole World Initiative?
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