In order to successfully reform the basic education system, transformation must begin at the local level. AF actively engages local government at the municipal and provincial levels, and the Department of Education at the district and division levels in order to develop a strong level of commitment. This commitment is then translated into action through project QUEST (Quality Education for Sarangani Today). 

Project Quest

Based on Synergeia‘s model of education reform, which aims to transform basic education in collaboration with local government, parents and the private sector, Alcantara Foundation implements Project QUEST in the municipalities of Kiamba, Malungon and Alabel. 

Project components

  1. Providing Reading and Comprehension workbooks to Grade 1 students at a 1:1 student-workbook ratio
  2. Parent Leaders Training and Parent Mentoring
  3. Teacher Training for all Grade 1 Teachers to improve delivery of instruction
  4. Education Summit
  5. Reinventing the Local School Board Workshop
  6. Pre- and post-tests to measure the project’s success

Project QUEST’s Partners

Alabel – Alcantara Foundation, Southern Philippines Power Corporation (a member of the Alcantara Group), the Municipal Government of Alabel, Children’s Hour, Synergeia 

Malungon – Alcantara Foundation, Sagittarius Mines, Inc., Manny Pacquiao, the Municipal Government of Malungon, Synergeia

Kiamba – Alcantara Foundation, Kiambayanihan Foundation, the Municipal Government of Kiamba, Synergeia 

Project QUEST benefits nearly 10,000 Grade 1 pupils, 2,000 Grade 2 pupils, 20,000 parents and over 100 Grade 1 and Grade 2 teachers across Sarangani.


Sarangani Big Brother: Reading is Fun!

AF strongly believes in the importance of youth participation to improve the quality of basic education. Beginning in 2007, AF partnered with the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Sarangani and the Department of Education – Division of Sarangani to implement Reading is Fun, a 20-day youth-driven volunteer summer reading camp.

Volunteers spend half a day with Grade 3 pupils, storytelling and playing educational and reading-driven games. Reading is fun aims to develop a sense of awareness among the youth of the serious challenges our basic education system faces, as well as develop a stronger sense of commitment towards education.

The program also aims to develop the leadership skills of Sangguniang Kabataan officials, through hands on project conceptualizing, development and implementation. 

Reading is Fun marks the first large-scale partnership between the Department of Education – Division of Sarangani and the Sangguniang Kabataan. 

In 2007, Reading is Fun was implemented by 600 volunteers and benefited 1,800 Grade 3 pupils across Sarangani. 

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