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Alay ni Ignacio (ANI) Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

Chain of Change (Education): Education is not all about the books because students don’t meet mathematical equations on the street but people and life’s challenges. As such, emotional intelligence is a step up too in life, especially when entering the big world of college and soon the work force. ANI is paving the path between high school to college that is not abrupt but more of a natural progression in their lives.

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The TAYO Connection: ANI won during TAYO 4.  Eumir Angeles, the current ANI Principal, was one of the beneficiaries of their project entry for that year. They decided to join the TAYO Search again because of the enhancements they made on their program for public high school students.

Learning begins from having the self confidence to learn, grasp and understand. Eumir relates that many public school students like him have some trouble getting their foot in the door as they reach college. Their insecurities in coming from a public school and lack of exposure on EQ (emotional quotient) enriching extracurricular subjects impedes them from even speaking up at university entrance interviews. And once they wade into the deep ocean of university, some may not be able to cope with the currents of college and could be swallowed up by the tide.

To fulfill this need, Alay ni Ignacio (ANI), the student arm of Pathways to Higher Education, implements a summer school program which caters to third and fourth year public high school students. The program aims to help these kids be on equal footing with their private school counterparts in terms of readiness for college.

The Non-Academic Formation Program of ANI provides support to public high school juniors and seniors through activities that cater to their hunger for self-expression and opportunities for personal development. At the same time, answering the challenges of their time. This is why guidance classes are given at this crucial age. They are taught responsibility for discipline, mentoring and overall well-being, with events like Career Day and Love and Courtship Talk.

The Clubs portion of the project exposes students to different fields such as Art, Asian Films, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Music and Sports. Through “Enrichment” and “Christian Living”, teamwork, public presentation skills, and moral values are given importance. Activities such as Graduation Song Making and Recollections are carried out while Confirmation is conducted for students who have yet to undergo the rite.  

ANI works to bridge that missing link between being an average student and a well-rounded member of society— something that public high school students are more often than not deprived of. ANI promotes holistic development, expanding the horizons of underprivileged students, giving them a renewed sense of self.

Converting the TAYO prize: They will use their prize to further develop their modules for their program.

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