Ateneo Center for Educational Development
The problems confronting public basic education in the Philippines today continue to be many and complex. Many classes especially in the urban areas are congested; textbooks are not enough and are of poor quality. Many children come to school without school supplies; teachers have no reference materials or necessary teaching devices. Facilities in school are sorely lacking with many schools without library or enough toilets. Many children have poor health conditions including poor eye sight and malnutrition.
In the ongoing effort to improve student achievement in public schools, the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) has realized the urgent need to facilitate in-school feeding programs that can improve the ability of schoolchildren from very disadvantaged families to do well in school. Reform initiatives like providing enough teachers and training them, committing resources to classrooms and other school facilities, as well as providing adequate textbooks and workbooks remain to be a priority in varying degrees in different schools, districts and divisions. All these, however, are only secondary to the more basic need to feed the hungry schoolchildren so that they may be able to do well in school.
Blueplate for Better Learning is the daily feeding program of ACED. This infographic summarizes ACED's intervention in 2015.