The strategic direction of Australian aid to the Philippines is informed by the Australian Government’s development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability; Australia’s national interests; their ability to add value; and their previous development results. Australia’s aid program aligns with the priorities of the Philippines Government, which is seeking to put the country on the path of accelerated and inclusive development. More information on the Australian Government’s work in the Philippines
The Department of Education (DepEd) formulates, implements, and coordinates policies, plans, programs and projects in the areas of formal and non-formal basic education. It supervises all elementary and secondary education institutions, including alternative learning systems, both public and private; and provides for the establishment and maintenance of a complete, adequate, and integrated system of basic education relevant to the goals of national development.
At DepEd, BEST is supported by the Program Support and Coordinating Office (PSCO). DepEd will provide counterpart staff to work in the PSCO which will be responsible for
- resourcing the Program through provision of technical experts, sub-contracting/entering into partnerships, and implementing activities e.g. training courses and oversight of accountable grants;
- the development and implementation of quality assurance systems, unified monitoring and evaluation, communications, security, workplace safety, procurement, financial management, audit, coordination of activities and administrative support;
- the development of business processes, roles and responsibilities defined in the Quality Management Manual (in close consultation with Australian Government and DepED); and
- coordination of activities and administrative support.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is the key leader of the Philippine Higher Education System working in partnership with other major higher education stakeholders in building the country’s human capital and innovation capacity towards the development of a Filipino Nation as a responsible member of the international community.
Cardno is the Facilitating Contractor for BEST and is responsible for overall program coordination, operations, provision of specialists, technical support, grant management and other services that assist BEST in meeting the target outcomes. It works collaboratively with the Australian Government, DepEd and other implementation teams and other stakeholders for the effective and efficient delivery of the Program, ensuring convergence and collaboration of implementation agenda.
Cardno has a long history of working in partnership with developing countries to deliver solutions for sustainable development. It has been working with the Australian Government for more than 40 years in many countries in the Asia Pacific Region, implementing significant programs in key sectors, such as governance, financial management, law and justice, education, health and HIV/AIDS, environment and natural resource management, food security and agriculture.
ACTRC is a significant contributor to BEST target outcomes through applied research on curriculum, improvements in assessment practices, and use of technology in schools. The Centre provides technical advice on curriculum, teaching and assessment research based on empirical studies of curriculum innovation and implementation.
ACTRC has produced high quality research that are being used to support the K-12 national implementation. Among them are the 21st Century Skills Assessments; Understanding Best Practices in Mother Tongue Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) in the Philippines; Longitudinal Study of Learning Achievement of Students in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Learn ARMM); Alignment of Intended, Implemented and Assessed Science Curriculum Focusing on Inquiry Skills (Science Inquiry); Formative Assessment Phase 1; Evaluation on the Use of Tablets; and Validation Study for students with additional needs in the Philippines Phase 1.
RCTQ assists in the implementation of the K-12 reform by providing nationally-consistent policy advice focused on teacher quality. It is a key contributor to BEST target outcomes through applied research in Pre-Service Teacher Growth and Development, In-service Teacher Professional Growth and Development, Teacher and Teacher Educator Subject and Academic Renewal.
RCTQ supports BEST with studies on pre-service teacher development needs; a multi-stakeholder partnership investigation; and collaboration with CHED on a number of future studies on pre-service education, teacher practicum programs and accreditation of teacher education programs and institutions.
PBSP is a non-profit organization that unites more than 200 businesses to support inclusive growth in the Philippines. Supporting education through better learning environment is a unifying priority that brought together a partnership between the Australian Government, DepEd and PBSP to build classrooms.
PBSP, through its Bayanihang Pampaaralan (BP), is helping DepEd address its classroom backlog by raising funds and constructing classrooms in areas that need the most assistance such as those in the BEST Regions and Typhoon Pablo-hit areas. All classrooms are built and provided with armchairs for students, teachers tables and chairs, and separate toilets for boys and girls. Each school building is equipped with a water system facility, wash facility and accessible ramps for persons with disability (PWDs).
Likewise, PBSP provides a package of capacity building support to school officials, local school boards, parents-teachers association (PTAs) and community stakeholders particularly on classroom maintenance and bringing in local community stakeholders in school improvement planning and implementation.
PBED is a non-profit organization that brings together the business community to advocate for education reforms. Improving the quality of education by improving teacher quality is a unifying issue that brought together a partnership between the Australian Government, PBED and DepEd. The partnership with PBED contributes to the achievement of BEST target outcomes by contributing to the pool of high quality teachers in public schools through scholarship placements; uplifting the images of the teaching profession and making it an attractive career option for Filipino youth and professionals; and fostering greater collaboration among institutions in helping the Philippine Government improve its basic education service delivery.
BEST provides grant funding to PBED for a teacher scholarship program (STEP UP) which targets the best and the brightest to the teaching profession. After graduation, the scholars are required to teach in public schools, subject to compliance to DepEd hiring requirements.