CBE TO CONDUCT 1ST MIND-SHARE FOR THE YEAR
ON EDUCATION PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Discussions on public private partnership (PPP) in education started in 2001 when the Arroyo administration launched a series of education reforms anchored on decentralization and public-private partnership in response to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2010, the Aquino government framed Public-Private Partnership (PPP) as a governance and development strategy tool. In the education sector stakeholders, the private sector in particular, are encouraged to participate in ensuring that all children and youth are given access to quality education. Among the education PPP modes promoted by the Department of Education (DepEd) are: PPP for School Infrastructure Project, Education Service Contracting under the GATSPE Program and PPP arrangements for Senior High School (K to 12). The Education Service Contracting (ESC) program alone underwent a dramatic budget increase (62.6% increase) in the last two years from P 3.9bn (2010) to 6.2bn (2012). For 2013 ESC will receive a record high of P 6.9bn.
In 2012, the Privatization in Education Research Initiative (PERI) and E-Net Philippines conducted a case study of ESC in poor and marginalized communities to examine its actual implementation and whether it facilitates equitable access to education of marginalised, excluded and vulnerable sector (MEVS). The study argued that the extent of ESC implementation in terms of scope (i.e. nationwide implementation) and duration (i.e. 10-15 years program span) deserve more attention as it relates to social cohesion and sensitivity to ethnic, gender, and socio-economic class.
With this in mind, E-Net Philippines and ASPBAE, in collaboration with the Coalition for Better Education, will be holding a Mind-Share Session at the CBE-CefTEx Training Room, Cebu Normal University, Osmena Blvd., Cebu City on 12 February 2013, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The session aims to meet the following objectives:
- Gather different perspectives on education PPP as implemented in poor and marginalized communities;
- Increase CSO awareness and enhance their analysis on issues surrounding PPP towards a wider consensus on the subject; and,
- Enhance government-CSO collaborations for education for all (EFA).
A major part of the event will be a workshop where various education stakeholders come up with recommendations on how PPP can be strengthened such that equitable access to education is ensured for all. To put the session into context, Dr. Carmelita Dulangon of Dept. of Education (DepEd)-7 has been invited to elaborate on the implementation of the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE). A private high school with successful, best practices of the ESC will also share how the program has enhanced their own system.
The Mind Share Session* is open to CBE members and partners whose thrusts and CSR programs are focused on education. Registration is free. For clarifications/reservation, you may call CBE at (032) 416-4625 to 26 and look for Ency Encinares and/or Kookie Gutierrez.