/ 24 July 2022

AS THE Philippines takes significant steps to improve its local education system, academic advocates are hopeful that a new administration would bring in new bouts of inspiration and impact for children across the country.

Among those at the forefront of this transformation is Teach for the Philippines, a non-profit organization celebrating its first ten years in 2022. TFP sets out to showcase and engage its community of education leaders and allies through high-impact activities throughout 2022 and 2023.

With the rallying cry “Ripples of Impact,” the organization unveils a year-long campaign celebrating its decade-strong achievements in education reform.

The “Ripples of Impact” campaign takes inspiration from TFP’s journey over the past decade. Starting out as a small organization working in just one city with 10 partner schools and 49 Fellows, TFP has reached over 80,000 public school students and has grown into an ecosystem composed of at least 350 young Filipino leaders, over 100 partner schools across a total of 39 local governments nationwide  – all of whom are working toward the collective goal of providing access to inclusive, relevant and excellent education for Filipino children.

“It’s incredible to think that it’s been ten years since Teach for the Philippines 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,” TFP Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Clarissa Isabelle Delgado said.

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

For August, TFP’s lineup of activities include “Kilapsaw,” a musical documentary featuring stories from TFP Fellows in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. TFP’s Annual Report is also slated for release this month, along with Ripple Story Cards, limited edition TFP products, and an inspired partnership in the form of Linya-Linya x TFP merchandise for public fundraising.

National Teachers’ Month in September to October marks the start of TFP’s regional film roadshows for “Kilapsaw,” and the beginning of its 2023 Fellowship Recruitment Cycle. In November, the organization is set to launch a partnership with the Asian Development Bank for a Knowledge Sharing Event and a digital learning platform for educators and parents.

The campaign engagements will continue in 2023, kicking off with TFP’s Flipped field trips until March, and the continuation of the “Kilapsaw” 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.

“If there’s one thing we learned in the last ten years, ripples of change only grow through persistence and a collective effort to sustain action. We need to continue spreading our message about focusing on education quality and welcoming new partners into our fold. It is so that the transformation that begins in our classrooms reaches more people and changes more lives,” Delgado said.