To date BftB has transformed 70 impoverished Barrio (village) into ” Model of Excellence”schools. The program has been instituted by the Philippine Department of Education from 2001.
Member sites are tracked and monitored continuously. From 2001 all other public schools in the Philippines are required to emulate the NMOESP (National Model of Excellence School Program) development methods as practicable (everything but accession of a library from BftB). The 1,500 DepEd teachers in the Program are trained continuously by BftB in order to act as “echo trainers” for their peers during in service training seminars conducted jointly by DepEd and BftB.
The NMOESP was conceived by the 42 mentor instructors from America who created the curriculum and instructional methodology during four BftB National Teacher Training Conventions that were convened from 1995 to 2001. Eight thousand DepEd instructor delegates who attended the Conventions were indoctrinated conduct local training programs to improve classroom instruction nationwide.
This program improves and equips schools with libraries, books, learning resources and computers. It sets a new national standard of education and helps assure that the materials shipped are used as effectively as possible. Achieving higher standard of education and improving the quality of teaching and learning goes hand in hand.
Today our project staff and teacher’s trainer in the Philippines perform school development monitoring and conduct teacher training all over the country. They work hard in order to ensure that academic achievement results from the donation of material resources.
The value of BftB’s training for the public schools teachers cannot be overemphasized because our training design is directly focused on classroom best practices called FUN LEARNING. These are practical teaching, learning strategies which our teachers are looking forward because their traditional local training consist of symposiums of lectures that lack hands on, actual simulation of classroom practices and strategies. At present Books for the Barrios manages the operation of 76 active model schools situated in all parts of the Philippines with four thousand public school teachers and over thirty-eight thousand students. Since 1982 Books for the Barrios has donated to the Philippines Department of Education fourteen million volumes of books.
An example of how our training programs benefits the teachers:
In Summer 2012 we held a Teacher Training program in Agusan del Sur province. Approximately 520 teachers got the opportunity to participate in this training.Their training in turn will benefit 19,200 students.