New admin urged to bring in ‘new bouts of inspiration, impact’ for education of Filipino children

Published July 3, 2022, 6:40 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Academic advocates from Teach for the Philippines (TFP) are hopeful that the new administration would bring in new bouts of inspiration and impact for children nationwide.

Photo courtesy of TFP / Niki Baroy

The TFP expressed hope that the education of Filipino children will be among the priorities of the new administration as the country takes significant steps to improve its local education system.

TFP is a for-purpose, non-profit organization that works to ensure all Filipino children benefit from an excellent, relevant, and inclusive education.

It enlists some of the country’s most promising young leaders to teach in public schools for two years (Fellowship Program), as well as existing public school teachers (Public School Teachers Pathway) within school communities who have enormous leadership potential.

Through training and experience from the classroom, bringing grassroots expertise to the policy-making level (Alumni Ambassadorship Program), TFP transforms the nation’s young leaders into lifetime advocates for education equity.

In 2022, TFP is celebrating its first ten 10 highlighting a dedicated network of education advocates which has grown tremendously over the past decade.

As it nears this huge milestone, TFP sets out to showcase and engage its community of education leaders and allies through high-impact activities throughout 2022 and 2023.

Housed under a rallying cry for creating “Ripples of Impact,” the organization also unveiled a year-long campaign celebrating its decade-strong achievements in education reform and plans moving forward.

The campaign takes inspiration from TFP’s journey over the past decade — starting as a small organization working in just one city with 10 partner schools and 49 Fellows.

Since 2022, TFP has reached over 80,000 public school students and has grown into an ecosystem composed of at least 350 young Filipino leaders, and over 100 partner schools across a total of 39 local governments nationwide. For TFP Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, it is incredible to think that it has been ten years since TFP was born.

“We continue to believe deeply in our model for change and are proud to see how far our network of leaders and partners has flourished in the past decade; how our advocacy has strengthened with every student we reach,” she said.

TFP kicks off its year-long celebrations with the TFP’s 2020 Cohort Graduation in July. In August, TFP’s “Ripples of Impact” movement will showcase the best of its work through a lineup of activities.

The National Teachers’ Month from September to October will also mark the start of TFP’s regional film roadshows and the beginning of its 2023 Fellowship Recruitment Cycle.

In November, TFP will launch a partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a Knowledge Sharing Event and the launch of a digital learning platform for educators and parents.

TFP’s campaign engagements will continue in 2023 with its Flipped field trips until March and the continuation of its ” roadshow.

In May, the year-long celebration will conclude with the launch of TFP’s revamped website, and the commemoration of its 10-year journey in building the nation through education.

As TFP commences its 10th year of nation-building through education reform, it continues to amplify the resounding notion that everyone is responsible for ensuring that no child gets left further behind.

TFP also assured that it will continue to look far ahead into the future with the hope of “touching more lives” and calls on like-minded Filipinos and organizations to become agents of change.

“We still have a lot of ground to cover,” Delgado said. “We are grateful for every step forward,” she added.