The Ayala Foundation focused on primary education, which includes kindergarten through grade six. The foundation is committed to helping improve the quality of education in the country, particularly in the public sector. It seeks to bridge the gap between the privileged and underserved students, especially in terms of access to quality public education, by building partnerships and taking a multi-stakeholder approach.
The Ayala Foundation Inc is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Ayala Corporation. It was created to develop, implement and sustain programs in various fields of social and cultural development. The themes of the programs are education, youth leadership, sustainable livelihood and arts and culture.
The foundation hopes to nurture a learning environment through the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education, or better known as CENTEX. CENTEX is a public school learning environment where bright children from economically advantaged families receive quality education and the necessary support to give them the opportunity of a better life. CENTEX in Manila started in 1998, while the CENTEX in Batangas started in 2000.
The CENTEX operates in two public schools. One is located in Tondo, Manila. The other school is located in Bauan, Batangas. The schools operate by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Education and the Ayala Foundation Inc.
The Ayala Foundation started the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) in 2015 with program partners Globe Telecom, Department of Education, Local Government Units, and private donors Chevron, Mitsubishi, Huawei. The GFS empowers schools to become 21st century ready educational institutions by providing them with support systems that meet UNESCO standards. The program includes sustainable ICT proficiency training for teachers, an ICT equipped school environment and committed stakeholders.
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CENTEX gives students the opportunity not only in academics, but also in developing their talents in the arts, particularly in music and dance. Through the after hours art program, the students excel not only in academics, but also in the other areas of learning and development.
Founded in 1998, the CENTEX has two campuses. One is located in Tondo, Manila and the other is in Bauan, Batangas. Aside from these two schools, the program also trained over 800 teachers from 20 public elementary schools across the country, thus bringing the CENTEX education model across the country.
CENTEX is a project of the Ayala Foundation in partnership with the DepEd, other corporate sponsors and local government units that aim to provide the economically disadvantaged children a primary education comparable to that of the best schools in the country.
CENTEX is a public school that combines DepEd curriculum with special subjects, such as music, self-esteem and computer arts to ensure full development of the child. CENTEX implements an enhanced education curriculum that emphasizes language, math, science, values, environment and being a Filipino.
Music, Computer Language Arts (CLA) and Self-Esteem are special subjects from kindergarten to Grade 6 as it promotes the holistic development of children. According to studies, children who are exposed to the arts do better in school.
The values from these activities, like precision and persistence, are carried over to the academics, this improving the student’s performance. There is a very strong correlation with the success of the students with their exposure to music, the arts and sports.
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Now on its 15th year, CENTEX is in partnership with Casa San Miguel and Steps Dance Studio who provides the art and music training of the students. With one teacher for every 25 students, having a small class size gives the teachers the opportunity to focus more on the student’s learning.
The College of the Holy Spirit of Manila (CHSM) and CENTEX have formed a partnership to provide high school education to the graduating students of CENTEX.
Over the years, the foundation has worked in various fields of development, from science and technology research to vocational education to social consortium building. It has chosen a strategic, integrated and sustainable approach to poverty alleviation by focusing on the needs and aspirations of specific communities.
The foundation is a strong believer in the concept of creating shared value, which recognizes that economic and social progress are more strongly connected than previously believed. In fact, the social progress should go hand in hand with the economic progress.
The foundation believes that partnerships are key to the success of any undertaking. Over the years the foundation has built strong working relationships with multilateral and funding agencies, government, nongovernment, community based, academic and business organizations, individual partners and residents of the project communities. If you want to volunteer in one of the programs, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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