The Asia Foundation Launches Education Project in the Philippines
Aug 17, 2019

Manila, August 6, 2019 — The Asia Foundation, in partnership with RTI International, SIL LEAD, and Florida State University, is implementing the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines project (ABC+). The ABC+ project is designed to improve education outcomes and access to quality education for children in Bicol and Western Visayas by supporting the Department of Education (DepEd) in enhancing reading, mathematical, and socio-emotional skills. The project launched August 1 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan Department of Education Central Office.

Improving education outcomes for all children and youth remains a core challenge for the education system in the Philippines. The National Achievement Test demonstrates that while scores are improving overall, they still remain below the targeted 75 mean percentage score. At the root of the problem for many Filipino students are poor reading and math skills beginning in early childhood education.

The project will work with local governments, the private sector, and other stakeholders to boost local resources to improve the quality of education. The Asia Foundation will lead efforts to build coalitions at the local level to support the development of learning resources and teacher training opportunities.

The event was attended by DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio representing Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, USAID Philippines Charge d’Affaires John Law, and The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative Sam Chittick and Deputy Country Representative Ethan Geary.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.