|57-75 Education Reform Movement|
57-75 is a private-sector led movement that aims to reverse the education crisis through focused interventions and school-community action, towards system-wide performance improvements. The numbers are symbolic:"57″ is the national average score of public elementary school students in the National Achievement Test, indicating the situation our public educational system is currently in, while "75″- though commonly known as the passing mark - symbolizes the state of education which we want to achieve in 5 years. The reversal of numbers symbolizes what the campaign is trying to do: TURNING THINGS AROUND, even the way we support the public education system. Partners in the campaign are the Ateneo Center for Educational Development, Foundation for Worldwide People Power, the League of Corporate Foundations, Philippine Business for Education, Philippine Business for Social Progress and the Synergeia Foundation.
Bayanihang Pampaaralan (BP) is an initiative of the 57-75 Movement pushing for the construction of 10,000 classrooms in two years. It aims to consolidate classroom building efforts and direct funds to the construction of classrooms in areas that need the most assistance. The project encourages both corporations and individuals to contribute through donations or the conduct of their own school building program following the standards set by DepEd.
With the increasing number of students, classroom shortage has been an ongoing concern in the country. Based on data from the Department of Education, classroom shortage in the country stands at over 152,000 on a single shift to meet the 1:45 ideal classroom to students’ ratio.
Recognizing the need to help address this urgent problem, corporations, through their respective foundations or giving programs, have initiated projects to address this concern. BP aims to consolidate efforts and direct funds to the construction of classrooms in areas that need the most assistance.
Bayanihang Pampaaralan will focus on public elementary and high schools located in the 40 lowest-performing divisions in areas where DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya program is operational.
Bayanihang Pampaaralan provides corporations and individuals with the avenue to share resources through grants and donations that will be used to build classrooms. Donors may also conduct their own classroom-building programs (following standards set by the DepEd) and enroll these under BP.
Bayanihang Pampaaralan is the latest partnership between the Department of Education and the 57-75 Movement, which sees the initiative as an opportunity to further advance its basic principles of focusing on essential inputs that are directly linked to improved school & student performance; accountability; and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Bayanihang Pampaaralan is anchored on the vision of providing school children with a place where they can learn to build their dreams and reach their aspirations.
In May of 2011, a memorandum of understanding was signed to signify the partnership between the 57-57 Movement and DepEd. Representing the 57-75 were League of Corporate Foundations, Philippine Business for Social Progress, and Philippine Business for Education. A memorandum of agreement was also signed by an initial group of committed private sector members namely, Coca-Cola Philippines, Jollibee Foundation, Petron Corporation, Philam Life, PLDT, and SM Investments Corporation.