Teach for the Philippines Fellowship program, a partner of recruits college graduates to teach in public schools
A group of young professionals took the challenge of uplifting Philippine education through a program called Teach for the Philippines Fellowship (TPF). Chaired by Elizabeth Eder Zobel de Ayala, the program aims to achieve a reformed education system where all Filipino children should graduate from secondary school with the ability to articulate future goals, and understand the path to attaining them.
According to studies, 58% of Filipino students do not graduate from high school (2008-2009 Philippine Human Development Report) Out of 100 students who enter Grade 1, only 68 will complete 6th grade. Only 57 out of 68 will proceed to high school, of which only 42 will graduate (United Nations Development Programme).
Inconsistent education policies, teacher shortages, and inadequate teacher development programs are perceived as three of the causes of this ongoing poor state of education in the Philippines. Teach for the Philippines wants to address this by recruiting promising young leaders to teach in the nation’s most under-served schools for two years.
Teach for the Philippines is looking for young Filipinos with a record of leadership experience and achievement – individuals from all backgrounds, majors, and professional experiences who are committed to expanding educational opportunity in the Philippines. These young leaders embrace tasks of teaching for two years in a high-need community and of transforming public school classrooms.
- Tertiary school degree, including post-graduate courses, which may or may not be education degree-related.
- A good academic record which will be reviewed before an admission decision is taken.
- Filipino citizenship. Applicant may be residing in the Philippines or overseas.
- Commitment and location. Applicants must make a full-time commitment to teaching in Quezon City.
- Proficiency in English and Filipino or with a willingness to learn the language.
Admitted applicants will undergo an 8-week summer institute starting on April 3, 2013 sponsored by the Ateneo de Manila University, where they learn to become teachers. After the summer institute, applicants accumulate 9 credits towards a Masters for Education.
Visit the Teach for the Philippines Fellowship program official website (http://www.teachforthephilippines.org) for more information on online application, other admission guidelines and requirements, the team behind this advocacy, and the TFP mission-vision.
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