Ayala Foundation celebrates 53rd anniversary in Cagayan de Oro

AFI projects encompassing its four pillars to be launched


Ayala Foundation's Program Pillars: Education. Youth Leadership. Sustainable Livelihood. Arts and Culture

Ayala Foundation’s Program Pillars: Education. Youth Leadership. Sustainable Livelihood. Arts and Culture

In celebration of its 53rd anniversary, Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) is bringing to Cagayan de Oro City projects that encompass its four pillars—Education, Youth Leadership, Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture.

 Bringing all four pillars to Cagayan de Oro City is in keeping with AFI’s commitment to providing integrated solutions for its communities. A series of events, to be held in key locations in the city from March 26 to 27, also serves as an opportunity for the foundation to thank the donors, partners, and other supporters who have contributed to the success of its projects in Mindanao. 

 These projects are strongly defined by partnerships and the active participation of the public and private sector—a concrete expression of AFI’s tagline, “As One We Can.”

 AFI is celebrating the connection of an additional 39 public elementary schools to Text2Teach, a project that uses mobile technology to provide education materials in English, Math, Science, and Values Education. To date, 70 public elementary schools in CDO are Text2Teach-enabled, making CDO elementary schools 100% connected to Text2Teach. The Text2Teach alliance—composed of Nokia, the Department of Education, various participating local government units, Globe Telecom, Toshiba, Pearson Foundation, and AFI—is scheduled to bring Text2Teach to 170 schools in Mindanao this year.

 Meanwhile, the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX), which hopes to provide high-quality education for bright children from poor families, is introducing its teacher-training program in Mindanao. The teacher-training program aims to improve the capacities of public school teachers and principals through a series of trainings and year-round mentoring sessions, with focus on pedagogy, teaching methodology, and values integration. 

For Youth Leadership, AFI is reaching out to the youth of 10 barangays in Cagayan de Oro through Leadership Communities (LeadCom), which seeks to empower community-based youth to identify the problems of their respective areas and formulate solutions in the form of imaginative and sustainable projects. One unique feature of LeadCom Cagayan de Oro is the active participation of Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) alumni, who will help facilitate workshops and mentoring sessions—a way for program beneficiaries to “pay forward” the lessons they learned through AYLC. LeadCom Cagayan de Oro is supported by a grant from Mitsubishi Corporation.

 AFI is also convening stakeholders from various sectors in Cagayan de Oro to identify and develop sustainable livelihood projects for families in five barangays in the city. The project ideation workshop and forum, says Ayala Foundation President Luli Heras-de Leon, should result in “a better perspective and understanding on how to make sustainable livelihood a reality.”

“Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined,” a traveling exhibition featuring reproductions of the works of National Artist Francisco “Botong” Francisco, will run at Centrio Mall from March 26 to April 25. Presented by the Ayala Museum in partnership with Ayala Land Inc., this traveling exhibition hopes to show the breadth and depth of Botong’s artistry and imagination.

 Cagayan de Oro has a special place in AFI’s history, since it was where the foundation implemented its first major project. When AFI was still known as Filipinas Foundation Inc., it implemented the Sumilao Cattle Research project in 1964, a partnership project with Xavier University College of Agriculture.

To learn more about Ayala Foundation and its projects, visit www.ayalafoundation.org, or e-mail us at info@ayalafoundation.org

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