The School and Community Development Program is a hybrid of theAdopt-a-School Project and the Group Sponsorship Project in the sense that both the impoverished community and its under-performing public elementary school will be given with equal importance in terms of project resources and manpower.
This program is unlike the Adopt-a-School Project wherein the main goal is the total development of a school with the community as the secondary beneficiaries; or the Group Sponsorship Project wherein the main goal is the total development of a community with the school as the secondary beneficiary. However, like its parent programs, the School and Community Development Program is also a shorter-term development project intended to be implemented in three to five years.
The School and Community Development Program works under the premise that a school cannot improve if its community isn’t improving and vice versa. Having said that, it utilizes both a school-based approach and a community-based approach and it focuses on identifying and solving the interconnected issues & problems that hound the school and community with sustainable development activities.
This program, funded by the Trafigura Foundation, is currently being implemented in the San Agustin Elementary School and the San Agustin Community – wherein the interconnected issues of poor attendance and alarming student drop-out rates due to the dire economic status of the families and poor health and sanitation in communities are being improved through school infrastructure improvement, capacity-building activities for both children and community members, health and sanitation improvement in both the school and community, education support, and livelihood skills training.
Below are some of the photos of the HBI School and Community Development Project: