AFFLIP FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS
Advancing Our Philosophy
AFFLIP’s focus is on learning, and so its various programs involve fundraising to contribute physical facilities and learning resources for schools, providing scholarships for students from impoverished backgrounds, initiating activities which promote the health and nutrition of students, twinning Filipino public schools with public schools in South Australia, supporting the professional development of teachers and exploring opportunities for students’ learning through the outdoor environment.
Max Greenwood, Lyn Wilkinson, Jeanette Emery
Education is central to the social, economic, environmental, and cultural health of all societies and literacy is critical in achieving an educated community. When children can comprehend texts successfully, their life trajectories are enhanced, and they are better able to participate in democratic societies.
The focus of this flagship program is twofold: the provision of professional development both externally and from within the district using the Talomo District PD – Literacy TWG; and access to adequate and useful resources in classrooms.
Apart from continuing to support learning through the provision of books, AFFLIP has supported 85 literacy teachers through a professional development program related to reading. The literacy coordinators in each school are using this knowledge to collaborate in writing, illustrating and then producing reading resources for Kindergarten – Grade 6 students in English, Filipino and mother tongue. They are using a photocopying facility and laminating machines provided by AFFLIP to print off multiple copies of each book to supply all schools. That is, rather than solely providing books from Australia, the schools are producing books with much needed local context and culturally appropriate texts – even while the process is providing powerful professional learning for the teachers involved.
Health and nutrition are central to learning.
The focus of this portfolio has previously been the immediate needs of the many students who present at school as malnourished and the importance of students learning about approaches to healthy living, health care and the development of interpersonal, livelihood and leadership skills. AFFLIP supports vegetable growing and aquaculture activities which help to sustain the schools’ feeding programs. This focus will continue albeit through greater experimentation with moveable gardens and methods not relying on local soil and rainfall. The increased emphasis on the development of curriculum and learning materials in a range of subject areas using the gardens, ponds and outdoor environment as learning resources has been subsumed by the OLEP portfolio.
Supporting school First Aid programs with supplies and training that complements local programs.
Supporting identified needy students to participate in scouting activities by way of membership subscriptions.
This portfolio focuses on the concept of using the outdoor environment to enhance student learning through the formal and informal curriculum. This involves researching, designing, implementing, and evaluating the development of the outdoor areas for learning. This involves Australian and Filipino educators and students working together to explore and design outdoor spaces using natural materials to foster Learning Through Play; developing teaching materials and resources for mainstream subjects which use the outdoor environment; finding approaches to enhance the outdoor physical environment and its capacity to foster learning.
This portfolio provides scholarships to students from impoverished backgrounds in the Talomo School District of Davao City, who are at risk of not completing their elementary school education. The grants are designed to encourage them to stay in school and to develop their full potential by providing funds to pay for school fees, books, uniforms, and extra curricula activities.
Funds are raised through the generosity of sponsors, transferred, and liquidated with designated school principals in Davao City.
Pair 15 schools in South Australia with the 15 schools of the Talomo District, Davao City, Mindanao.
The Schools Learning Network aims to encourage and develop greater global understanding for the pupils of the Talomo schools and their twin schools in South Australia.
The success of the program is based on developing strong communication links between teachers and school heads leading to learning relationships and the sharing of jointly prepared units of work between the participating schools.
Three delegations of teachers and school heads from all 15 Talomo schools have visited SA, jointly prepared units of work with their paired school counterparts and then implemented and shared what they have learned with their colleagues on their return to their schools.
AFFLIP has contributed $50,000 to support the Schools Learning Network program.
RESEARCH, EVALUATION AND STRATEGIC INNOVATION
Coordinator: Bruce White
Committee: Alan Reid, Yvonne Zeegers