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Updates From ACEI Country Liaisons

ACEI has an active network of Country Liaisons who inform ACEI about education policies and activities in their respective countries. Country Liaisons report information and events as experienced by them in their communities and within their nations; therefore, these reports share the unique perspectives and opinions of Country Liaisons, which may vary from official reports about education in their nations. Here are some highlights from four of our country liaisons; please watch the ACEI Exchange and the ACEI News section of our website for additional updates.

ACEI's Country Liaison from the Philippines, Michelle M. Lalunio, shares the following news:

The Department of Education in the Philippines started to fully implement programs for full support of the K to 12 Program. Prior to this, the Philippines
had been the last one in Asia, and the third in the world, who had not yet implemented a 12-year basic education program prior to collegiate studies. During the school year other programs were implemented, such as the "Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education," strengthening foreign language instructions in some public schools (geared towards strengthening world competency of Filipino children/graduates).

The annual Community Development Society of the Philippines' conference, which was themed "Peoples' Collective Action Towards Rights, Freedom and Security," was held October 22-24, 2012, at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. The conference highlighted the efforts to achieve rights by various sectors in the country (persons with disabilities, lesbian-gay-bisexualtranssexual, senior citizens).

Currently, the main thrust of the programs of the Philippine Department of Education is strengthening all supporting curriculum for the K to 12 Program.
This is being achieved through the following implementations:

• Universal Kindergarten in 2011–12 (the initial step in adjusting the curriculum for the K to 12 program).
• Enhanced curriculum for Grade 1 and Grade 7 (1st Year Junior High School) was rolled out for the 2012–13 school year, and will be progressively introduced in the other grade levels in succeeding school years.
• Grade 11 will be introduced in 2016–17 and Grade 12 in 2017–18.

The first high school students to go through K-12 will graduate in March 2018.

Read Michelle M. Lalunio's article on school damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan here.

ACEI's Country Liaison from Canada, Amoriza Gunnink, submitted the following update of activities. She has undertaken to build a Canadian network to disseminate information relevant to early childhood education, as well as to promote ACEI.

Gunnink has recently launched the Canadian Network of Educators via Facebook, which hosts approximately 30 members. She shares information related to news and events from ACEI, as well as resources and news that may be of interest to ACEI.

Additionally, Gunnick has participated in the Decade for Childhood event, and shared the pillars of childhood with her preschool parents. In addition, her preschool supported the Tanzania preschool project with a small financial contribution.

ACEI's Country Liaison from Egypt, Hanan Baky, shares the following news and activities.

Recently, Baky has been working to facilitate access to undergraduate scholarships through AMIDEAST, MEPI and American University in Cairo. Additionally, Baky has arranged training on ways to deal with traumatized children. "Walking With Wounded Children" is designed to equip adults working on a fundamental level to help emotionally wounded children. The course covers the basics of walking with wounded children, understanding and assessing a wounded child, healing relationships, and active listening and tools for child counseling.

Baky also cited recent education news in Egypt, specifically related to what shape education in Egypt will take by the year 2020. For more information on this topic, please visit the following websites:‐egyptseducation

Other education highlights from Egypt include:

• "Egypt's Schools Deteriorate and Many Seek
Education Abroad"
• "Government report: 9.4% of Egypt Children Cannot
Afford Education"
• "Egyptian Families spend 5% of Income on Education"

Opinions expressed are those of Country Liaisons and do not necessarily reflect official positions of ACEI or official policies of nations.