NCAF Welcomes Its First Batch of Public School Teacher Companions

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The 40 Public School Teacher Participants of Navotas National High School, together with the NCAF Team

Forty Public School Teachers from Navotas National High School (NNHS) formed the pioneering batch of participants for the first Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey for Public School Teachers Run last October 20 to 22, 2014

The teachers spent the next three days learning and imbibing the process of personal reflection and self-introspection, focusing on their own core values and motivations in teaching and loving their students into their best. Modeled after Ninoy and Cory Aquino’s own brand of spiritual-leadership, the teachers were reminded of their own experiences of love and care and were then challenged to bring this love, fueled by their own passions, to their students. As Ms. Sabrina Ongkiko, one of the many well-acclaimed speakers present for the seminar, said during her talk, “No matter what our backgrounds are, that’s not really the point. What matters is who we are when we face our students.” Department of Education Under Secretary Rizalino Rivera, who was also present during the Leadership Seminar, affirmed this by asking the teachers, “Why are we doing what we are doing? Why [is it that] we are teaching?”

Aside from Ms. Ongkiko and Usec. Rivera,  the three-day seminar was also graced by NCAF Executive Director Mr. Rafael Lopa, Metrobank Outstanding Filipino Awardee, Mr. Onofre Pagsanghan, and Principal Juanita Alajar of Justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma High School in Payatas, all whom spoke to the teachers about living lives filled with purpose and with loving service.

Mrs. Cristina Robles, Navotas National High School (NNHS) principal, expressed her gratitude for NCAF and its other partners, such as the CS Foundation and the Ang-Hortaleza Foundation (AHF), saying, “This program is somewhat providential for us. It completes the training that we have for our teachers. Not only are they trained cognitively, but now a training for the heart is in store for them.”

A group of teachers sharing their re

A group of teachers sharing their reflections with one another.

The teachers themselves had much to say after the program about how the Leadership Seminar was able to affect them. One of the participants, Mrs. Lariza Gozo, a TLE Teacher in NNHS, said that the leadership retreat was “a perfect timing for all of us.” According to her, the leadership retreat gave them a chance “to become better individuals who experience how much [we] are loved and to give love.” Another participant, English Teacher Ms. Betty Habig shared, “The 3-day Leadership Journey…has rekindled and re-energized my passion in teaching.” For more testimonies from the participants, click here.       At the end of the Leadership Journey, the forty teacher-participants expressed how they felt renewed and revived, excited to go back to their classrooms and face their students. Befittingly called “Companions”, the teachers were confident that, as they live out their mission to love their students, they will not be alone, for now, they are part of a community who all respond to the call to lead in loving service to God and country.

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy.  Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development

Navotas National High School (NNHS) Founded in 1983 by Mayor Victor Javier, Navotas National High School, located at Barangay Sipac Almacen, Navotas, is home to over four thousand students. Through the leadership of Dr. Maria Cristina A. Robles, NNHS has made great leaps in teaching innovations and alternative learning practices, in fact, in 2012, NNHS was nominated for the DOST search for innovative practices in managing classes and won 2nd place in Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards.

The school’s thrust is to develop a new breed of morally upright individuals – disciplined, empowered, adaptive, and responsive to the changing environment. Equipped with the balance of knowledge, skills, and positive personal and social values, cultivated by their teachers and school officials, NNHS students are able to give genuine service to their families, communities, and country for the promulgation God’s infinite love for all.

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