I had "used" crayons, pre-loved toys, my own children's story and picture books, long playing records and a phonograph from a garage sale, a brave heart and a vision when I started the school in July 1, 1992.

The Little Farm House began with 11 children on its first year and grew by 170 students eight years later. In the school year 1999-2000, the Holistic Education and Development Center was created to meet the demand to continue its preschool gifted program to the elementary levels.

A high school applicant challenged the creation of the high school in 2004-2005. That same year, HEDCen and its 1996 team won its 8th consecutive championship in RIFA last 2011, before this team moved up to the high school open division.

I have always believed in a natural setting for learning where the children will grow up with an interactive environment and a milieu that supports the “organic and organismic” principle in nurturing the environment and vice versa. As a matter of fact, this school grew from portions of a family abode and an untamed garden where my own children obtained three quarters of their education from. This same foundation triggered my students’ learning interests and supported their individual intelligences.
— Emma Gutierrez

 

One of the more important contributions of HEDCen comes from the youngest and the most zealous child to the wisest adults in school. We take home our garbage, they police their parents when they litter on the street, make the difficult decision to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and therefore become the conscience in a small area of environmental science but a major area on waste management.

Students do research at the neighboring river. This is part of the curriculum and our initiative known as Tungtong River Conservation Project or TRCP.

Students do research at the neighboring river. This is part of the curriculum and our initiative known as Tungtong River Conservation Project or TRCP.

The Tungtong River Conservation Project or TRCP is an initiative from the Science Department of HEDCen. The project supports and animates the school's advocacy for environmental protection. In 2007, when more studies conducted by HEDCen students highlighted the ecological value of the river, the Conservation Project was born. The project's research has been presented in national scientific conventions. The watershed is now also a tree conservatory where HEDCen students and faculty take care of endangered Philippine native trees. (hedcentrcp.wordpress.com)

Our high school graduates are all over great universities and colleges in Metro Manila. These aspirants are into sciences, humanities and business. They grew up with a challenging academic program, fresh fruit and vegetable juice, hardly and trash cans, sandwich wrappers in their pockets, and a dream to change the world.

There are more than 3000 earth soldiers and advocates from HEDCen marching around the plant and there will be more in the years to come, chanting the school motto:

Better People, Better Earth!

Emma Olympia-Gutierrez
Center Director

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