Wells Fargo furthers its support of inclusive, relevant, and excellent education for Filipino students for a second year in a row with a renewed partnership with Teach for the Philippines (TFP). Committed to addressing the most pressing challenges in Philippine education, Wells Fargo and TFP will continue to advocate for the development of critical foundational skills in public school students while also supporting localized solutions for sustainable impact through Community Engagement (COMET) Projects.
In the past year, Wells Fargo and TFP’s partnership was able to benefit a total of 1,200 public school students and 800 parents/guardians from public schools across the country. This School Year, the renewed partnership aims to reach up to 1,700 public school students, 550 parents/guardians, as well as at least 350 community stakeholders through the combined implementation of TFP’s Functional Literacy Program (FLP), Batang Bayani Life Skills Program (BBP), and COMET projects across a total of 26 partner schools.
Bridging the Gaps in Public School Education
On top of capacity-building activities through TFP’s student development programs, our partnership with Wells Fargo this school year focuses on supporting the Filipino child’s learning community, as a whole, to create lasting impact in their lives and the lives of others. Wells Fargo’s continued and increased support will help contribute to our Teacher Participants’ Community Engagement (COMET) projects during the second and final year of their leadership programs. These COMET projects address significant challenges in public school communities and provide localized solutions towards sustainable change.
Teacher Fellow Samantha Almaden (‘21 – San Isidro, Leyte) conducting a reading workshop
with her students in Sangabon Elementary School in San Isidro, Leyte.
An example of a successful COMET project that the partnership aims to replicate is Project DASIG. In the coastal community of Sitio Sangabon in San Isidro, Leyte, access to reading and learning materials is limited. By leveraging their network and building the capacity of community members, the Teacher Fellows assigned in Sangabon Elementary School, were able to raise enough funds to build a learning park at their school and equip teachers and youth volunteers with the skills to effectively manage the space, as well as to facilitate reading lessons outside the classroom.
The Reading Park in Sangabon Elementary School, founded through the COMET project of
2021 Teacher Fellows, Samantha Almaden, Rohi Yocariza and Nica de Castro.
“Meeting our students, parents and teachers, where they are, is a core mindset instilled in all our Teacher Participants because we recognize that leading positive change in public school education is, and will always be about our stakeholders. Our teachers get to the root of challenges, understand the context of our learners and the capabilities they possess, to know how to truly make a difference in people’s lives,” shared JC Pineda, TFP Community Engagement Manager.
Bridging the gaps in education requires us to go where we are needed the most, and to do what matters the most to our learners, to ensure our collective work contributes to improving the country’s future. It begins with listening to our stakeholders and working hand-in-hand with our communities, alongside partners like Wells Fargo who share our goals for education reform, to create a valuable and indelible mark in the lives of all Filipino children.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo International Solutions LLC – Philippines is a critical component of Wells Fargo’s (Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.) strategy to leverage distinct advantages in doing business in a global environment.
The Philippines organization enables talent capabilities worldwide to help drive innovation within a constantly evolving environment. It provides operational, functional, and technical expertise to assist the operations, knowledge services, and corporate support teams of Wells Fargo. It facilitates greater efficiency and helps improve service effectiveness in international operations, knowledge support, and middle and back-end business process solutions for a wide spectrum of Wells Fargo’s needs.
Teach for the Philippines
Teach for the Philippines (TFP) works to ensure all Filipino children benefit from an inclusive, relevant, and excellent education. TFP engages with new and tenured public school teachers who have enormous potential for leadership, and provide professional development opportunities that help them become agents of change within and beyond the classroom. Through their reading, math and life skills programs, TFP also develops Filipino children who have functional literacy and who will become responsible citizens who can think critically, articulate clearly, and pursue goals that they have set for themselves, their community, and country. For more information, please visit www.teachforthephilippines.com.