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  • UBS Optimus Foundation, Teach for the Philippines Join Forces to Promote Educational Equality in RP

    The brightest university graduates recruited to teach in the country's high-need public schools.
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    Teach for the Philippines

    In this new initiative, Teach for the Philippines is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Poverty Action Lab to provide a robust system to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of this program, identify successful elements that can be replicated in future educational projects and disseminate this knowledge to policymakers.

    Phyllis Costanza, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation commented: "We look forward to
    collaborating with Teach for the Philippines on this exciting new educational initiative as co-founders Lizzie Zobel and Margarita Delgado have had a longstanding experience through the Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation in promoting high quality education for all children, regardless of their background.”

    Over the years, UBS Optimus Foundation has funded three health projects in Philippines - a highly successful rabies education and vaccination program in Bohol, which won the 2012 Galing Pook award, a program to control and ultimately eliminate a parasitic disease, called schistosomiasis in Samar, and a project to diagnose malaria infections in children in Palawan as part of the efforts to upgrade the capacity of the Philippines' national reference laboratory for malaria. This latest Teach for the Philippines project is part of the UBS Optimus Foundation’s global commitment to improving the overall well-being of children.

    * approximately PHP 43,300,000

    UBS Optimus Foundation
    The UBS Optimus Foundation is an independent grant-making organization which is funded by UBS clients and employees. The foundation's administrative costs are paid by UBS meaning that 100 percent of all client donations go directly to the projects. The UBS Optimus Foundation's employees carefully select all projects based on their technical expertise, provide systematic feedback on the program's implementation and performance, leverage their network of international experts and facilitate an external evaluation of the project.

    Since 1999, the UBS Optimus Foundation has supported children in the areas of health, education and child protection with innovative, cost-effective initiatives that impart lasting benefits. The UBS Optimus Foundation is a part of UBS's dedicated philanthropic support to its clients globally. www.ubs.com/optimus

    Teach for the Philippines
    ‘Teach for the Philippines’ is a non-profit professional Philippine organization that enlists the Philippines’ most promising future leaders in our mission to promote education equality. ‘Teach for the Philippines’ is an official partner of Teach for All, the prestigious education network with 26 members globally.

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