2,129 preschoolers graduate in a series of ceremonies
The Capitol Convention Center at the Capitol complex teemed with excited people for three days on March 18, 19, & 20, 2014 as they proudly witnessed the series of commencement exercises of the Camarines Sur Headstart Program covering the 5 districts of the province with a total of 2,129 preschool pupils successfully finishing kindergarten and preparatory school.
Gov. Migz Villafuerte inherited the Camarines Sur Headstart Program, a Montessori-type preschool program on education catered to the young constituents prior to their formal entry into elementary school. Said program had been implemented by the provincial government in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of Camarines Sur for 25 years now.
This year’s graduation rites was held in 3 segments wherein Districts 1 & 2 was held last March 18, 2014 at the Capitol complex wherein 679 pupils accompanied by their parents and guardians and cheered by other guests filled the venue. Divisions Superintendent, Dr. Gilbert Sadsad, was the special guest speaker where he shared valuable insights on education and values formation for the very young giving the popular teleserye “Honesto” as his example that related well with the young and old alike.
Districts 3 & 4’s commencement happened on the next day, March 19, 2014 where this time 873 pupils graduated with Mr. Pol Maleniza as guest of honor. The third day, March 20, 2014, saw the graduation of District 5 at the same venue with 577 preschool pupils proudly receiving their hard earned diplomas.
With the Headstart Program having already been institutionalized in the province, it has attracted thousands of enrollees in most towns in the province, thus, adequately preparing the young pupils for formal education in the elementary and secondary levels. In fact, many of its alumni had already pursued successful careers after college with some of them earning their degrees with honors and distinctions.
It is expected that with the continued success of this education program, Gov. Migz’ administration will pursue more innovative strategies for the education sector in order to harness and reap its full potentials and long term results.