For the year October 2015 to September 2016, nine (9) public-private partnerships were developed to improve children’s access to quality education.
One of these was the Solar Lantern Project of Panasonic Corporation of Japan. Panasonic initiated this project to donate 100,000 solar lanterns to areas without electricity, to help generate positive change in education, health, and women’s empowerment. At the start of 2015, Synergeia Foundation received a grant for 48 solar lanterns worth Php 240,000. These were used to light the remedial reading programs in off the grid primary schools in Balindong, Taraka, and Kapatagan, all in Lanao del Sur. In February, 2016, Synergeia Foundation was awarded a second donation of 120 solar lamps worth Php 600,000, likewise, for Lanao del Sur schools. The school heads were responsible for the use and maintenance of the solar lanterns while the Local School Boards were in-charge of monitoring.
Lanao del Sur schools were chosen as recipients because many communities in the province have no access to electricity, making in-class instruction difficult and at-home studying at night almost impossible. Some students use kerosene lamps to do their homework, but this poses a risk to their health and safety. The poorly lit classrooms directly impacted children’s ability to read, and contribute to low reading competency. With the solar lanterns, school leaders reported that the presence of well-lit classrooms had a positive impact on children’s reading capabilities.
The construction of a new classroom building for Tudok Mamot Elementary School in North Upi was funded by the Manlapaz Foundation. This donation was totally unexpected. Dr. Romy Manlapaz and wife Prof. Edna Manlapaz asked the help of Synergeia’s Founding Chair, Fr. Bienvenido Nebres to identify a municipality in ARMM that could serve as a model for PPP. We recommended North Upi whose Local School Board chaired by Mayor Ramon Piang was ready with the groundwork including the architectural plans and proposed budget estimated at P1.9 million. Site visits were made by the donor, and construction immediately commenced. The new school building would be completely furnished with school equipment and a toilet for boys and girls. Children in Tudok Mamot ES would no longer hold classes in this makeshift school building below because of this kind donation.
In all, the 9 PPPs were the following:
|San Gabriel, La Union||Feeding program for 120 days for 700 undernourished students||Gawad Kalinga|
|North Upi||Construction of a school building in Tudok Mamot Elementary School||Manlapaz Foundation|
|Schools in EdGE municipalities in Lanao del Sur||Provision of solar lanterns by Panasonic Corporation||Panasonic Corporation|
|Batad, Iloilo||Repair of 9 elementary schools and provision of chairs for teachers and students||New Apostolic Church of South East Asia|
|Taraka, ARMM||Construction of a school building||Zapanta Foundation|
|EdGe municipalities in Northern Luzon||Donation of children’s books||Pusong PInoy|
|North Upi||Support of a reading program||Children’s Hour|
|All EdGE municipalities||Donation of children’s books||Grolier and Scholastic Books|
|EdGE localities in Iloilo||Construction of hand washing facilities||Procter and Gamble|