PBEd, partners celebrate Teacher-Scholars


Cebu City, Philippines - Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) celebrated the success of the STEP UP Teacher Scholarship Program in a partnership mixer held at Cebu Normal University (CNU).

The event served as an avenue for PBEd to bring together its different partners who have contributed to the program’s success and to further explore ways of raising teacher quality in Central Visayas. CNU is PBEd’s partner’s school in the region, and has produced 104 of the 938 STEP UP scholars to-date.

“The idea was, if we attract the best and the brightest into the teaching profession...we can raise a cohort of competent and committed teachers. And we have, as a matter of fact,” PBEd executive director Love Basillote shared.

Core to the program is a mentoring component that provides psychosocial, academic, and technical support to the scholars. The event also served to recognize the CNU mentors who have shared their time and expertise to guide the scholars in their personal and professional development.

His Excellency Steven J. Robinson AO, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, also attended the event, along with other members of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Australia is proud to be part of this effort in the Philippines to improve the quality of Filipino teachers, and it is firmly in our interest to see the Philippines continue to prosper, ” the Ambassador shared in closing the event.

About STEP UP

Scholarships for Teacher Education Programs to Upgrade Teacher Quality in the Philippines (STEP UP) was a five-year scholarship campaign by PBEd, funded by the Australian Government. S ince 2015, the program has graduated 850 scholars, with approximately a 99% passing rate for the Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers.

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