Seven (7) performing Lighthouse Schools in CALABARZON region were recognized for exhibiting good practices in implementing the integrated school nutrition model and continually fostering their ingenuity and commitment to participative learning during the Inter-division Learning Exchange held last March 24, 2017 at Pinagtungulan Elementary School in San Jose, Batangas. The integrated school nutrition model integrates Gardening and Nutrition Education with school-based Supplementary feeding or GarNESupp.
The following Lighthouse Schools that received recognition were:
- Strong integration of school gardening & feeding program
- Kalubkob Elementary School (Silang, Cavite)
- Innovating various gardening techniques
- Sangley Point Elementary School (Cavite City)
- Consistent use of garden as a learning laboratory
- Majayjay Elementary School (Laguna)
- Year-round school garden diversity
- Ayao–Iyao Elementary School (Batangas)
- Most number of seeds/planting materials shared to parents and schools
- Pinagtungulan Elementary School (Batangas)
- Promoting indigenous vegetables to parents and children
- Isidro Cuadra Elementary School (Mendez, Cavite) and Liliw Central Elementary School in (Liliw, Laguna)
- Innovating recipes using indigenous vegetables
- Upli Elementary School (Alfonso, Cavite)
The GarNESupp project has 58 Lighthouse Schools scattered all over Region 4A-CALABARZON. They serve as learning and sharing sites for other schools within Region 4A to learn innovations on how to integrate gardening, nutrition education, and supplementary feeding. Lighthouse Schools play a crucial role in scaling out local innovations within their areas.
51 delegates, composed of 18 Education Program Supervisors from the different schools’ division of Region4A, 33 School heads, District Supervisors and teachers from the outstanding schools attended the event.
The program started with a tour of the school garden and feeding area of the host school, followed by the welcome remarks by San Jose Municipal Mayor Valentino Patron and OIC-Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Felizardo O. Bolaños. Project Advisers Dr. Mario V. Capanzana and Dr. Julian F. Gonsalves, IIRR Senior Adviser, briefly discussed the country’s nutrition situation and the agrobiodiversity principles. The awarding of certificates recognition followed and was led by of International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Senior Program Specialist Dr. Annie S. Wesley and joined by Dr. Capanzana and Dr. Gonsalves. Also, IIRR Country Director, Ms. Emily M. Oro, and Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) Assistant Scientist, Dr. Imelda A. Agdeppa awarded certificates of recognition to Project Implementation Team members per schools’ division for their valuable contribution and active participation.
The program ended with participants visiting two (2) Lighthouse Schools in Batangas namely, Padre Imo Luna Memorial Elementary School, a crop museum, and Ayao-Iyao