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Project Location: Barangay Muzon, San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, Philippines
Target Group: Since 2010, 6000 students in grades 1 to 6 at Muzon Pabahay Elementary School have participated in the Pearl S. Buck Philippines Tutorial program. More than 64% of our sponsored children who attend this school achieve good grades and remarks, thus advancing to the next grade level.
Project Need: Muzon Pabahay Elementary School is located in the “Pabahay 2000” resettlement community in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan where 100,000 community members now reside after being relocated there from various parts of Manila by the government. There are wide disparities in income and quality of life across regions and sectors in the Philippines. Poverty rates are high with 26.5% of the total population living below the poverty line. Many of the disadvantaged children who would benefit from this project come from families in the lowest echelons of society, surviving with an average income of $120 a month or $4 a day for a family of six. Filipino children attend severely overcrowded and underfunded public schools, with a teacher: student ratio of 1:45-65 per classroom on average, which often hampers children’s academic progress.
Here is your opportunity to provide access to both formal and developmental education. You can help these disadvantaged children gain self-confidence through improved academic performance which will better position them for success, both in school and in the workplace, setting them on a path out of poverty.
Project Outcome: The goal of this project is to transform an existing space without computers or internet into a fully functional tutorial/multi-media room complete with computers, educational materials, internet, an LCD projector and a 42-inch display screen. All students will have access to the computers, instruction on their use, and how to perform online research. Computers are an essential component of the educational process worldwide. Increased access to technology will improve educational outcomes and employment opportunities. With greater access to technology, students are better prepared to complete current assignments, pursue higher education and solve difficult tasks in life. Technology contributes to life-long learning. This multi-media room will also serve as an excellent learning environment for ongoing tutorial sessions for students who need educational intervention. Such tutorial sessions are regularly offered every Saturday for six months during which teachers assist students in Math, English and Science.
To evaluate this project, students' grades will be monitored, tracked and reported each semester to measure the effects of the use of computers and attendance at tutorial sessions are having on the target population.
Please help provide the tools these children need to learn and succeed by upgrading this space to a multi-media room.
Project Goal Amount: $5,500
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