Adopt a SHS Scholar – Support Paulinian Education!
Did you know that the Philippines is the last country in Asia and only one of 3 countries in the world who still has a 10 year elementary and secondary school cycles? The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 has mandated all schools in the Philippines to offer 12 years of schooling in order to provide quality education that is globally competitive at par with international standards as well as expand high school education for college preparation, vocational and technical career opportunities.
In 2013-14, St. Paul University Surigao piloted the Senior High School Program to comply with recent education reform to improve schooling in the Philippines, said Sister Aileen, SHS Director of SPU Surigao. SPU Manila launched its SHS Program in 2014 per Rhoda Reyes, Overall Chair of the SPUM’s HOPE (Hope of Paulinian Education). Similarly the other 38 campuses of St. Paul University are also offering or are working to ensure there are 11th and 12th grades for Paulinians by June 2016, the required deadline for all schools to comply.
“I look forward to working closely with you for making Paulinian education for all!” said Sister Rosanne Milillin, President of St. Paul University.
Sister Aileen explained that there are four tracks in the SHS Program: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), humanities and social sciences, accounting and business management, and general academic including arts, design, sports, technology and livelihood tracks.
While St. Paul continues to offer 11th and 12th grade schooling to its present high school students, the institution also seeks to recruit public school students who seek to complete their secondary education at St. Paul. Through our alumnae’s support of education, SPMA USA invites Paulinians in America to extend support of St. Paul’s Senior High School Program.
Rhoda Reyes said, “I am inviting Paulinians, friends, relatives and associates to support a SHS Scholar!”
Public school students would be awarded government voucher providing financial assistance paid directly to the school. Unfortunately the government voucher does not completely cover costs. St. Paul at this time would shoulder the difference unless there are sponsors to cover the costs. In the case of SPU Manila, free lunch is offered and sponsors cover uniforms. Both SPU Manila and Surigao have launched fundraising campaigns to fund Senior High School,
Still some of the students miss classes because they do not have the means for transportation at times or they prioritize their short term jobs as laundry women, waiters/waitresses, janitors/janitress or the like.
“Like St. Paul, our Patron, let us be daring,” said Sister Rosanne, “and together bring the Good News for ALL!”