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JBEC in Davao

by Ms. Aimee Apolinario, HS Assistant Principal for Academics

JBEC Conference Participants

The administrators of the different Jesuits schools in the Philippines met at the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), Matina Campus, last February 25 and 26, 2008.

The bi-annual conference of the Jesuit Basic Education Commission (JBEC) formally opened on Sunday, February 23, 2008, with an evening mass at the AdDU grade school chapel.

After the Eucharistic celebration, the participants were treated to a sumptuous dinner as they were entertained by the talents of the host school.

The next two days proved to be fruitful as AdDU high school and grade school units shared their best practices. Among those that were presented included AdDU’s online Science and Math modules and the new computer education program. The presentation was followed by a school tour that showcased the new equipment that the school has purchased for its Physics laboratories.

At the heart of this two-day meeting was the discussion of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) which is supposed to be every Jesuit school’s framework in education. Fr. Johnny Go, S.J., Xavier School director, led the discussion.

Before the conference closed, Fr. Jim O’Donnell, outgoing JBEC head, was awarded a plaque of recognition for all the work he has done for the JBEC for the past 20 years. Fr. Go succeeds Fr. O’Donell as JBEC head.

At the end of this meeting, many things were clarified and learned. Friendships were rekindled and new ones were formed. The Jesuit school administrators left rejuvenated and affirmed as they went back to their respective schools. Everyone looks forward to next meeting in September 2008 at Xavier School where the discussion on the IPP will be continued.

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