Various government agencies are opening their doors to higher education institution (HEI) personnel through the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Sectoral Engagement Grants, a program under the K to 12 Transition Program.
The grants aim to develop faculty and staff through immersion in government, civil society, and industry in order to align faculty instruction with current field practice. In return, host sectoral partners are able to tap the technical expertise of HEI personnel in order to improve their capacity to effectively respond to their stakeholders’ needs. This leverages on the time freed up from HEI personnel who are expected to have less workload during the K to 12 transition period from 2016 to 2021.
Eleven (11) government agencies have already committed their support to the program via memoranda of agreement, namely: Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Council, People’s Television Network Incorporated (PTNI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government Region III, Department of Tourism Region III and Department of Health (DOH) Region IV-B.
Nationwide impact through collaboration
Government engagements are designed for regional and nationwide impact. One of these is the Ethnolinguistic Study of DepEd and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). With the goal of preserving endangered languages in the country, faculty and HEIs can adopt a local language and conduct research through fieldwork or community immersion. The expected output of the project includes dictionaries, anthologies, and documentation of songs or oral history.
Through collaboration such as these, the Sectoral Engagement grants aim to benefit both government agencies and HEI personnel through the exchange of knowledge, skills, and experience. The program strives to impact the capacity and credibility of HEI personnel when they return to their home institutions.
The K to 12 Transition Program is a five-year effort aimed at the strategic development of HEIs and personnel during the transition period from 2016 to 2021. The Program includes a range of programs to support faculty and staff through scholarships for master’s and doctoral programs, locally and abroad, non-degree programs, as well as institutional grants for HEIs.
The Commission will be accepting nominations for the second semester until October 3, 2016. All nomination forms may be found at http://bit.ly/sheinominationkit.
Invitation to interested partners
In order to ensure that quality partners are available in every locality, the Commission is still looking for interested partners to host HEI personnel. Interested Industry and Civil Society partners may download the application forms at bit.ly/irseforms and submit the said forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. The monthly deadline for sectoral partner applications is every 3rd week of the month.
For interested government agencies (national, regional and local level), send an e-mail to Mr. Kevin Ross Nera at email@example.com for coordination regarding the Memorandum of Agreement that will govern the said partnership.
Partners with existing or proposed engagements with specific HEI personnel are also very much welcome to apply. In such case, the partners are also requested to invite the HEI personnel to be nominated for a grant by downloading the forms at bit.ly/sheinominationkit and submit the said forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.