Asian Development Bank and Japan will build 60 new preschools in the Philippines with a $1.5 million grant for construction. Early childhood education services will be the focus, with the communities in Luzon and the Visayas the primary receivers.
By 2014, 6,000 children are expected to be in these preschool classrooms. Impoverished communities will also receive aid from the Philippines’ Department of Education, which will donate $2.04 million.
The Government of Japan is providing aid through the program Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction. The Philippines hope to create kindergarten attendance to match the universal goal, as well as a major education reform in kindergarten through 12th grades. A new curriculum has been created for the 2010 and 2011 school years. Literacy has become a focus, as have outside benefits such as programs for feeding impoverished children.
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