Teach for the Philippines traces its roots from the Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation, an organization that advocated for functional literacy and professional development of teachers and school administrators from 1999-2012. Founded by Elizabeth Eder Zobel and Margarita Liboro Delgado, Sa Aklat Sisikat trained over 250,000 public school teachers and had a positive impact on the lives of over a million Filipino children.
Teach for the Philippines’ business model was first developed in 2011 after a serendipitous meeting put Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, then Special Projects Director of Sa Aklat Sisikat and in charge of the MIT Poverty Action Lab impact survey, in touch with the Teach For All network. For the official brief case on Sa Aklat Sisikat by the MIT Poverty Action Lab, click here. In August 2012, Teach for the Philippines was officially launched as an independent organization with three co-founders: Elizabeth Eder Zobel, Margarita Liboro Delgado, and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado.
In the course of our first year, we have recruited 54 of the country’s most promising young leaders. Together, they have stepped up and committed the next two years of their lives to developing our nation through education. This June, they will be entering public school classrooms as the pioneer Cohort of Teach for the Philippines.
Today, with a fast-growing team of like-minded individuals, driven with a common passion for expanding educational access, Teach for the Philippines looks forward to leaving our mark on the country.