(1 October 2014, Tagbilaran City) As part of its broader support to help improve education in the Philippines, specifically in the province of Bohol, the Australian government partnered with The Asia Foundation to help augment learning resources of public elementary schools in the province’s 47 municipalities and one component city. Australia, through The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program, donated 40,000 new books to 250 public elementary schools in Bohol.
The books turnover event coincided with the Abot-Alam national launch spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd) and supported by the Australian Embassy – The Asia Foundation Partnership in the Philippines. Abot-Alam is a convergence effort initiated by the DepEd, together with the National Youth Commission (NYC), other national government agencies, civil society organizations, and local government units. The program intends to map all out-of-school youth (OSY) in the country and integrate them in available program interventions in education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
The illustrated press release is here.