Teach for the Philippines (TFP) is a for-purpose, non-stock, non-profit organization that works to provide all Filipino children with access to inclusive, relevant, and excellent education. Through the support of the Department of Education, progressive local governments, private companies, and international grant-giving agencies, TFP focuses its efforts on improving teacher quality, and addressing education challenges at a system-level to affect student outcomes.Formerly known as Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation (SAS), the organization started out in 2001 by creating and providing 30-day reading interventions to Philippine public schools. In a study done by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in 2011, the work that SAS did with close to 25,000 public school teachers, over 300 public school Principals in almost 1,000 public elementary schools across the country, was proven to be effective.In 2012, the organization changed its name to Teach for the Philippines as it joined Teach For All, a global network of social enterprises in 48 countries working to expand educational opportunity.Today, oriented towards learning and built on a foundation of research and evidence, Teach for the Philippines aims to help improve the Philippine public school system by developing leaders who deeply understand the system and possess the drive and commitment to work towards meaningful and positive change.TFP’s unique approach looks at sourcing and leveraging both fresh and existing talent to work in education reform. We aim to create sustainable, systemic impact via a two-pronged strategy: bottom-up and top-down and we do this through three nationwide programs:
The Teacher Fellowship Program: The 24-month Fellowship program recruits bright and promising Filipinos to teach in public schools nationwide, allowing them to gain a nuanced understanding of the state of Education in the country, develop their leadership skills and positively impact student outcomes.
The Public School Teachers Pathway: Starting in 2018, TFP has recruited licensed public school teachers, who share the same qualities of our Teacher Fellows, to join us in the education reform work by giving them access to the same training/coaching programs offered to those in the Fellowship. The goal of the program is to develop leaders and advocates within the system, who can sustainably scale and deepen our impact.
The Alumni Ambassadors Program: The targeted selection of teachers and their on-the-ground experiences give our program Alumni a unique value proposition to any and all industries, including but not limited to development, civil service and social enterprise. Once they graduate from the Fellowship and/or PSTP, they are able to influence policy and resource allocation in a way that accelerates education reform at a system level.
The organization was certified for 1 year on February 26, 2004 and which ended on February 25, 2005. Its certification was renewed for five years on August 10, 2006 and ended on August 9, 2011. It was again given a 5-year certification on October 20, 2011 and which ended on September 26, 2016.