ADB, in partnership with the Government of Korea, helps address basic education challenges in the Philippines. Recognizing that better teacher quality is key to improving students' learning outcomes especially in functional literacy, ADB through the e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund supports the Teach for the Philippines in the implementation of a strategy to recruit new teachers and provide them with training in modern pedagogical techniques and the use of appropriate technology.


Education plays an important role in reducing poverty and in developing a nation. In the Philippines, access to quality education, especially among children, is a major challenge.

The Asian Development Bank in partnership with the Government of Korea through the e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund designed a technical assistance to address basic education challenges in the Philippines by supporting Teach for the Philippines, a non-profit organization that aims to provide all Filipino children with access to inclusive, relevant, and excellent education.

Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, Co-Founder and CEO, Teach for the Philippines
"We started as a functional literacy organization that worked only in literacy. In 2012, we expanded to train teachers to work across the entire curriculum in basic education and then we developed our work as technical assistance to the policymakers in government. We've always been an organization that works on education quality over education access."

Teach for the Philippines enlists the country's young leaders to teach for 2 years in public schools as part of its Leadership Development Program.

Irish Joy Deocampo, TFP Alumni
"During the two years, we undergo several trainings - so related to teacher training, community engagement and also leadership skills. We’re also expected to design and implement a community project for our school."

Mikkey Tuazon, TFP Alumni
"What’s different with TFP leadership program is that they also offer other facets of professional development. They also include leadership development. They also include community engagement, and that's a very holistic way of training our teachers here in the Philippines."

Jeanne Pineda, TFP Alumni
"The most important thing that I learned from TFP’s leadership development program is the importance of having personal connection and experience on the ground and on the field before being able to totally help the communities in need."

After two years of public school teaching, Teach for the Philippines alumni utilize their experience to eventually help transform the Philippine education landscape. Of the total Alumni headcount, 32% joined the government, 26% went to teaching roles, and 15% assumed corporate positions.

Jeanne Pineda, TFP Alumni
"Currently, I work with the social development sector."

Mikkey Tuazon, TFP Alumni
"I'm now working as a project officer under the Research Center for Teacher Quality."

Lawrence Carandang, TFP Alumni
"I decided to work on the government, providing transformations and reforms in the education system since the government really provides good policies and programs that will really impact at the micro level in the classroom."

Irish Joy Deocampo, TFP Alumni
"We go on to work both in the public and in the private sectors. I feel that a lot of the challenges in the education system are very complex challenges, and that requires different people from different fields with also a variety of expertise."

The Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund which is administered by the ADB aims to promote improved access to information and the creation and sharing of knowledge in the Asia and Pacific region.

Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, Co-Founder and CEO, Teach for the Philippines
"Without the support of the Asian Development Bank and the Korea e-Asia Fund, I wouldn't be sitting here today. They absolutely enabled our organization, Teach for the Philippines, to now work with and reach the 10,000 students we teach every year - 80,000 since we started - and the over 300 public school teachers that we've had the privilege and opportunity to work with. So, we have nothing but gratitude to the Asian Development and the people of Korea for their trust and support of our work in education-quality in the Philippines."

"My name is Clarissa Isabelle Delgado"

Irish: "Irish Joy Deocampo"

Mikkey: "I am Mikkey Tuazon"

Lawrence: "John Lawrence Carandang"

Jeanne: "I am Jeanne Pineda"

Clarissa: "And my vision and my team's vision is to enable and support public school teachers and public school students all over our country to achieve their potential."