CHED launches Gawad Edukampyon Awards with Rex Education

Published February 22, 2021, 3:53 PM

by Jessica Pag-iwayan

An effort to recognize the efforts of outstanding higher education institutions in educating learners this trying times

To highlight and recognize the outstanding efforts and resilience of higher education institutions (HEIs) throughout the challenges of the current times, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Rex Education collaborate to launch the very first Gawad Edukampyon Awards. 

This inaugural award is an effort to celebrate the outstanding achievements and innovations by HEIs in the fields of teaching and learning, research, and public service and community engagement. With the challenges presented by the new normal upon us, Gawad Edukampyon aims to create an arena where different universities, colleges, teacher-training schools, and professional schools can share their experiences and best practices.

Contract signing between Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson, J.
Prospero De Vera III, DPA and Rex Education chairman Atty. Dominador Buhain held last Jan. 30, 2021. 

Gawad Edukampyon is deeply rooted in both Rex Education and CHED’s ongoing advocacies directed at uplifting the Filipino learner. It is also tied to CHED’s own Bayanihan efforts, which aim to help and guide students, teachers, learning institutions, and the whole education sector to discover solutions that would help us win in the new normal. 

“The commission recognizes that the conduct of this activity will strengthen the flexible learning approaches of our HEIs,” says CHED chairperson, J. Prospero De Vera III, DPA. “Through this collaboration, we hope to ensure and inspire all education stakeholders, policymakers, administrators, educators, learners, and the general public by examining and celebrating the response, relief, and recovery efforts in high education, through which a more adaptive, innovative, and resilience Philippine higher education system shall emerge.”

The said award has four categories namely:

The Gawad Edukampyon for Excellence in Flexible and Responsive Management. An institutional award in recognition of outstanding management response—policies, programs, and practices for the continuity of education during times of disruption while at the same time ensuring the health, safety and well-being of the students, faculty, staff and school-community.

The Gawad Edukampyon for Excellence in Flexible Teaching and Learning Innovation. A recognition of innovations in instruction, teaching-learning, and assessment to ensure students are constantly engaged and challenged even during the times of disruption.

The Gawad Edukampyon for Responsive Research and Development. Recognizing the outstanding product of HEI Research and Development that significantly contributed in mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic or led to greater understanding of its causes and effects.

The Gawad Edukampyon for Public Service and Community Engagement. Recognizing outstanding projects and projects by the HEI— its management, faculty and student, for its immediate and/or general community for alleviating their situation caused by the pandemic.

The finalists and winners will be selected through a very rigorous screening process and will be featured Philippine Flexible Learning summit on Oct. 5-7, 2021 in observance of World Teacher’s Day. The narratives of the winners will also be featured in the book “Padayon,” which will be published by Rex Education, and will be uploaded in the Philippines CHED Connect Open Education Resource Hub.