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December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010/Naga City - Corporate social responsibility and creative collaboration was once again at its best when the Ateneo de Naga University, the City Government of Naga, Smart Communications, Inc., the Philippine Business for Social Progress, Department of Education - Naga City Division and Officials of the Triangulo, and Pacol Elementary Schools,  signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of CommuniTeach Project.

CommuniTeach is a 10-month feeding-reading project aimed at enhancing learning capacities of students who are most in need of supplemental intervention particularly in grades 1 to 3 levels.  The program, which shall take on two classes of 20 students in each class, is an initiative of Smart Communications, Inc., in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the Silid Aralan Inc. (SAI).  The project utilizes a learning methodology developed by SAI designed to ensure optimum quality of teaching and learning of participating pupils.

The MOA between the parties provides that the City Government of Naga shall mobilize and encourage local business firms and other community stakeholders to support the achievement of the project`s goals and provide funds for the second and third years of program implementation. Expenses for the first year is covered by a donation from Deutsche Regis Partners, Inc., one of Smart`s corporate partners in its efforts to promote education for underprivileged children.

For its part, the Ateneo de Naga University, represented by the University President, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J., was designated as the “hub” of operation for the CommuniTeach Program. It shall carry out the supplemental tutorial sessions to eighty (80) grades 1 to 3 pupils in the two pilot elementary schools of Triangulo and Pacol.  The implementation of the project is part of ADNU`s continuing social involvement program being coordinated by Atty. Mila Raquid-Arroyo, Chairperson of the ADNU Social Involvement Council. The ADNU College of Education, headed by Dean Arnulfo Reganit, shall directly implement the project. 

As a hub for dialogues, KDC was the venue where this partnership for local educational development was forged.  In CommuniTEACH project`s first year of operations from January to March, 2011, KDC provides vital administrative support and monitoring of the program implementation.  The James O`Brien Library would also provide buffer facilitators to support to the current team of volunteer facilitators comprising 10 teachers and 14 students from the Education Honors Program and Ateneo Child Learning Center of the College of Education, and Ateneo de Naga University High School Community Outreach Program.

The progress and improvement hoped for and desired to happen in the participating pupils shall be indicated by improvement in class performance and in the results of the National Achievement Test (NAT).