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Joint Message on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day

 

Joint Message on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day

A Call for Teachers!

5 October 2013

Teachers hold the keys to a better future for all. They inspire, challenge and empower innovative and responsible global citizens. They get children into school, keep them there and help them learn. Every day, they help to build the inclusive knowledge societies we need for tomorrow and the century ahead. On this World Teachers’ Day, we join forces to thank teachers and to call for more, better trained and supported teachers.

Nothing can replace a good teacher. Evidence shows that teachers, their professional knowledge and skills are the most important factor for quality education. This requires stronger training upfront and continual professional development and support, to enhance performance and learning outcomes. We know this and yet, far too often, teachers remain under-qualified and poorly paid, with low status, and excluded from education policy matters and decisions that concern and affect them.

And there are far too few of them today. At the global level, some 5.24 million teachers need to be recruited in order to reach the goal of universal primary education by 2015 -- 1.58 million new recruits and 3.66 million to replace those leaving the profession. The challenge goes beyond numbers – more teachers must mean better quality learning, through appropriate training and support.

This is essential for ensuring every learner’s right to quality education – especially, to reach the 57 million children of primary school age currently out of school. At current pace, we estimate that 49 percent of these children will never enter school, while 28 percent will start school late – 54 percent of them are girls. Equally worrying is the low level of learning. An estimated 250 million children are failing to learn to read and write by the time they reach the age for grade 4. Approximately half of these children are in school. The access and learning crisis must be urgently addressed.

Learning is not possible without professional, well trained, well supported, accountable and valued teachers. Teachers are the central solution to the learning crisis, and yet too many are poorly trained and poorly supported – often disconnected from the policy decisions that affect them.

Teachers are central to the provision of safe and supportive learning environments, and yet too many of them are teaching in circumstances of extreme hardship, emergencies and even attacks.

There are however, also bright parts to the picture. We have seen a range of efforts to improve teacher status -- through teacher professionalization and certification schemes, incentives for service in remote or disadvantaged communities, minimum wage laws, career development models, continued professional development, support to female teachers deployed in remote locations, peer-to-peer support and inter-generational mentoring, recognition awards and incentive for teacher progression, raising admission standards for teacher training programmes, public awareness campaigns, free training and recruitment bonuses. All of these practices ensure equality and quality and make a real difference to learning outcomes; they must be scaled up and taken forward.

This is where effective international action is essential, in support of national efforts to bolster teachers and education institutions, and improve the education opportunities of all children. All of this work must ensure that teachers’ pay and conditions reflect a commitment to delivering high quality education by a qualified and motivated teaching work force. This is why teachers stand at the heart of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative to make sure every child goes to school, receives a quality education, and develops a new sense of global citizenship.

This is our call for teachers today. Join us in thanking and supporting the teachers we have and in recruiting new women and men, to shape more effective education systems and prepare young people and adults for active and responsible participation in society. There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers. The education of future generations hangs in the balance unless we can rise to the challenge of putting the best possible teacher in every classroom.

Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO

Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO

Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP

Fred van LEEUWEN, General Secretary, Education International

 
LCF Attends the Third Integrity Summit

The League of Corporate Foundations was invited to the 3rd Integrity Summit organized by the Makati Business Club and the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. With the theme Building a Nation with Integrity, the summit, held on Sept. 19 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, couldn’t have been more appropriately timed, in light of the ongoing pork barrel scam.

Delivering the keynote speech was no less than the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable Maria Lourdes Sereno, who talked about The Constitution’s Framework for Addressing Misuse of Public Funds, that included The Powers of the Commission on Audit, The Powers of the Ombudsman, and The Role of the Judiciary in holding accountable public servants and private individuals who steal from government coffers.

Other names in the distinguished list of guest speakers included the Chairperson of the Commission on Audit, Ms. Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan; Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales; Senator Franklin Drilon; and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

The Summit also featured Best Practices in Integrity – companies that rated Advanced in the Integrity Validation period of June to August 2013 - that included the Shell Companies in the Philippines and Meralco, whose foundations are long-standing members of the League of Corporate Foundations.

To learn more about the Integrity Summit and Integrity Initiative, visit the official website at http://www.integrityinitiative.com/

 
A Prayer for Teachers

The prayer, for the 2013 National Teachers' Month celebration, may be said on the following dates:

October 4, 2013, 10:05 A.M.  - anticipated prayer for offices and schools (since there are no offices and classes on Saturdays)
October 5, 2013, 10:05 A.M. - for the public in general

Click here to view prayer in different language versions

 
LCF Introduces New Trustees, Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs

 

The League of Corporate Foundations welcomes new members to its Board of Trustees for the year 2013-2014. Ms. Rina Lopez-Bautista (President & CEO of the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.) and Mr. Chito Maniago (Executive Director of CEMEX Philippines Foundation and Director for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs of CEMEX Philippines) were elected into the Board during the LCF General Assembly held August 29, 2013 at the JVR Foundation Function Room. Completing the list is Mr. Jeffrey Tarayao (President of One Meralco Foundation, Inc.) who was re-elected into his 2nd term as an LCF Trustee.

 

The LCF Board of Trustees for 2013-2014 as are follows:

  • Ms. Rina Lopez-Bautista
  • Mr. Augusto P. I. Carpio III (EVP and COO of Aboitiz Foundation)
  • Ms. Monette Iturralde-Hamlin (President, TeamAsia)
  • Ms. Natalie Christine Jorge (Executive Director, Bato-Balani Foundation, Inc.)
  • Mr. Chito Maniago
  • Ms. Esther Santos (President, SMART-PLDT Foundation, Inc.)
  • Mr. Jeffrey Tarayao

A new set of Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs were also introduced to the membership during the said GA, holding a two-year from 2013-2015. The newly-elected committee chairs and vice-chairs are:


Arts and Culture

Chair: Margarita Villanueva (Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.)

Vice-chair: for election

Education

Chair: Rina Lopez-Bautista

Vice-Chair: Neurita Chan (UCPB-CIIF Foundation)

Enterprise Development

Chair: Ken Reston (San Miguel Foundation)

Vice-Chair: Joanna La’O (Jollibee Group Foundation)

Environment

Chair: Diane Figueroa (BPI Foundation)

Vice-Chair: Ronald Allan Altamirano (TeaM Energy Foundation)

Health

Chair: Jennifer Rodriguez (San Miguel Foundation)

Vice-Chair: Emmy Lou Belen (TELUS Philippines)

 
LCF Members Collaborate to Help Victims of Typhoon Maring

Members of the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) worked hand-in-hand to distribute a total of 1,007 boxes of bananas to families in areas affected by the recent Typhoon Maring.

The premium grade Cavendish bananas were generously donated by LCF member Antonio O. Floiredo (AOF) Foundation all the way from their plantation in Davao and were voluntarily air-lifted by another member, PAL Foundation. Estimated at around 70 pieces per box, a total of almost 70,500 bananas were shipped to Manila.

The distribution effort ignited when Mr. Russel Barrizo of AOF requested for LCF Secretariat’s assistance in inviting other members to aid in the allocation of the bananas. There was an immediate outpour of support from LCF members and in less than a week, all of the bananas were successfully distribute to areas such as Laguna, Marikina, Caloocan, Cavite and more.

 

LCF members who assisted in the distribution are AMY Foundation, Andres Soriano Foundation, Ang-Hortaleza Foundation, MFI Foundation, One Meralco Foundation, Petron Foundation, PHINMA Foundation, Roxas Foundation and San Miguel Foundation.

View more pictures here: http://goo.gl/zdss75

 
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