The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Teach for the Philippines (TFP) have signed a partnership that would allow the country’s promising young professionals to work with CHED in supporting the Higher Education Reform Agenda, through the Alumni Ambassadors Program.
A total of five (5) TFP staff, who all have education backgrounds, will be assigned to support different offices within the Commission, primarily with the CHED K to 12 Transition Program.“We’re glad that we are able to open opportunities for young leaders to share their talents in service of the country. Partnerships like this contribute to promoting a culture of public service that will create positive changes particularly in the education sector,” said CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan.
Since its establishment in 2012, TFP, under its Fellowship Program, has been recruiting, training, and providing in-service professional development to young leaders. TFP has been enlisting them as “teacher fellows” to teach for two (2) years in public schools throughout the country, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).
With TFP’s new Ambassadors Program, these teacher fellows are given the opportunity to extend their public service duties beyond their two-year teaching commitment to assist in the development of higher education in the country.
“The addition of these young talents to the team will certainly strengthen our work in the K to 12 Transition Program, and further energize the Commission in its efforts to achieve a locally responsive and globally competitive higher education system,” Chair Licuanan added.
TFP CEO and Co-founder Clarissa L. Delgado shared that close to 80% of their alumni work in government namely, CHED, DepEd, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and various local government units.
“It’s galvanizing our young individuals who are going to be running our country in the next 30-40 years. To go to public service and to raise prestige of public service is not an easy task. That’s what this program is about. So we’re simply filling the talent gap and resource gap,” said Delgado.
The K to 12 Transition Program
The K to 12 Transition Program is a five-year effort aimed at the strategic development of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and personnel during the transition period from 2016 to 2021. The Program includes a range of programs to support faculty and staff through scholarships for master’s and doctoral programs, locally and abroad, non-degree programs, as well as institutional grants for HEIs.
Teach for the Philippines
Teach for the Philippines (TFP) is a for-purpose, non-stock, non-profit organization that creates projects with the purpose of providing all Filipino children with an inclusive, relevant, and excellent education, which includes efforts to support endeavors that will accelerate education reform. It also envisions transforming leaders into lifelong advocates of education equity.