From July 6 to 8, 2023, the administrators of La Consolacion College Bacolod, along with representatives from 21 other schools owned by the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation (ASOLC), gathered at the La Consolacion Convent in San Juan City, Metro Manila. The occasion was the Association of Schools of the Augustinian Sisters (ASAS) General Assembly, which focused on the theme of “Academic Resiliency, Participation, and Shepherding in the Mission.” The three-day assembly featured various topics and discussions aimed at enhancing educational practices and addressing current concerns within the ASAS network.
One of the highlights of the ASAS General Assembly was a presentation by Dr. Christopher C. Bernido, a renowned educator and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee. Dr. Bernido shared insights on the Dynamic Learning Program, an innovative educational approach that promotes active student engagement, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. His presentation inspired the participants to explore new methodologies and incorporate dynamic learning strategies into their respective institutions.
Representatives from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were also present during the assembly to provide updates on the latest developments in technical and vocational education. TESDA’s contributions were particularly valuable as they offered insights into aligning academic programs with industry demands and fostering closer partnerships between ASAS schools and the workforce.
Throughout the three-day event, the assembly also addressed several ASAS concerns. These included the ASOLC Statement on Climate Emergency Declaration, which emphasized the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability in educational institutions. Another crucial topic of discussion was the proposed ASAS Holistic Environmental Education, which aimed to integrate environmental education across various disciplines and instill ecological consciousness among students.
Additionally, the assembly discussed the proposed Cooperative/Entrepreneurship Program for ASAS, which sought to equip students with entrepreneurial skills and foster economic empowerment within the ASAS network. Furthermore, the participants explored the development of an Augustinian/Marian Formation Program for ASAS Personnel, focusing on spiritual and personal growth to better serve the mission of the Augustinian Sisters.
During the ASAS General Assembly, another highlight was the grand launch of the e-lectio divina. This digital version of the Augustinian Lectio Divina was developed in collaboration with First Light Education Revolution. E-lectio divina provides a modern approach to spiritual reading, reflection, and contemplation, aligning with the evolving technological landscape while preserving the rich spiritual traditions of the Augustinian Sisters.
The ASAS General Assembly concluded with a comprehensive planning session. During this session, participants engaged in strategic discussions to chart the future direction of ASAS schools. They explored potential collaborations, initiatives, and programs that would promote academic resiliency, participation, and effective shepherding in the mission. The planning session aimed to harness the collective expertise and experience of the ASAS network to strengthen the educational landscape within the Philippines.
The participation of La Consolacion College Bacolod administrators in the ASAS General Assembly showcased their commitment to staying abreast of innovative educational practices and addressing the evolving needs of the academic community. The assembly provided a platform for networking, sharing best practices, and collectively working towards enhancing academic resiliency and shepherding in the mission. Through these efforts, the ASAS network in the Philippines can continue to deliver quality education that empowers students and cultivates future leaders in the spirit of the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation. #LCCBat104 #LCCBCommunityofFriends