“Our mission is to prepare the students to survive in the ever changing outside world, so that when they graduate from high school and pursue their studies in the cities, they will be at par with others in training. This is where the need to be connected is very important, where the information they need are just waiting at their fingertips, even while they live a great distance from the cities.”
The above statement is attributed to Evelyn Taguiba, principal of Mountain High School in Bontoc. She was recently recognized by the Civil Service Commission as Cordillera’s Most Outstanding Principal in 2006.
You can read an article about her by the Sunday Inquirer Magazine at mountainprovince.net.
We think the good principal also deserves a Boon Award from us. Why? Because long before computers and the internet became all too common (although it’s still not common in the Philippines) she was already looking for ways to train her teachers and students to be adept in using them. [Read this old site for instance.]
Only a person with a vision can turn a school in the boondocks into one that is “internet-savvy”. It’s good too that she is building partnerships with different groups, like Smart and Microsoft for instance, and not cocooning herself in the classroom or the principal’s office.
Way to go ma’am. We hope your teachers and students emulate you!