The Adopt-A-School Program
Potential engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and artists are in our schools, but they may not have a chance to pursue their dreams due to economic difficulty. Their parents dream of a better life for their children and strive hard to provide well for them, but in many cases, even just the provision of food for each household’s table is already a struggle. The government allots the biggest share of the national budget to public basic education, but the amount still cannot keep up with the increasing student population. There are even more children who are out on the streets and who have to be shepherded into the schools, but government resources are simply not enough to provide them the free, quality education to which they are all entitled. We need generous hearts in the private sector to realize the spirit of Republic Act 8525 or the Adopt-A-School Act, enacted in 1988 for the very purpose of providing a venue for the strong and dynamic private sector to participate in nation-building through investments in the education of Filipino children. The rewards of such investments come through an educated generation that will succeed ours, run our enterprises, and steer this nation to greater heights. Over the years, DepEd introduced interventions to reduce student dropouts and keep the youth off the streets. It has sought to increase student achievement levels and improve teacher performance. It continues to bring the issues and needs of public education to every Filipino who cares, in an effort to invite each and everyone to help boost education opportunities for our young. DepEd, through the Adopt-A-School Program (ASP), sincerely invites all members of private entities to accept our offer of active partnership in the noble goal of educating all Filipinos. Education is the key to national growth. With Adopt-A-School, each Filipino can have the opportunity to enjoy his right to education, to open his eyes to the wonders and challenges of the world, to pursue his dreams, and to contribute capably towards the nation’s progress.
Every Filipino child deserves to finish school. Every Filipino deserves the benefits of an education. This nation needs an educated citizenry.
There are many ways by which you can help.
Infrastructure, Physical Facilities, Furniture, and Real Estate The construction of additional classrooms will decongest our crowded public schools and provide more substantial school hours for the children. Badly-needed chairs, desks, blackboards, computer laboratories, wash facilities, water systems and toilets must also be provided, and these will likely create a physical environment that is conducive for learning.
Our private-sector partners can give public school children exciting and dynamic opportunities for learning at the larger world outside of school by sponsoring relevant field trips. Students and teachers will also benefit from audio-visual educational materials such as e-books, educational films, e-libraries, and non-digital teaching aids such as pop-up materials and colored illustrations.
Health and Nutrition
Appropriate remedies for the health and nutrition problems of public school children will help improve students’ school performance and learning retention. Our partners can sponsor feeding programs, essential health care programs, medical-dental missions, deworming interventions, and the provision of vitamins, nutritional supplements, eye checkups and eyeglasses to students and teachers.
By providing books and supplementary reading materials to our public school children, we open up a rich world of information to them and help develop the habit of reading, a key to improving academic performance.
We welcome the private sector’s continuing support in promoting DepEd’s imperative thrust to integrate fast-changing technology within basic education. Laptops, computers, internet...
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