TRIBAL LEARNING CENTERS

walking alongside the local church in the Philippines

SUMMARY

The Philippines Tribal Learning Centers (TLC) project seeks to transform rural communities by equipping local churches to meet the critical educational needs in their midst. While the Church of God in the capital city of Manila provides high quality education through their accredited primary and secondary schools, many Church of God families in remote communities have little access to such education. TLCs will bridge this gap by harnessing rural congregations with the tools and technology to offer on-line classrooms in their local communities.

COST

The total cost per TLC site is $16,500.
The goal of this project is to equip 20 TLCs.

Project # 42.30041

SUMMARY

The Philippines Tribal Learning Centers (TLC) project seeks to transform rural communities by equipping local churches to meet the critical educational needs in their midst. While the Church of God in the capital city of Manila provides high quality education through their accredited primary and secondary schools, many Church of God families in remote communities have little access to such education. TLCs will bridge this gap by harnessing rural congregations with the tools and technology to offer on-line classrooms in their local communities.

COST

The total cost per TLC site is $16,500.
The goal of this project is to equip 20 TLCs.

Project # 42.30041

BACKGROUND

The Church of God in the Philippines is concerned about the lack of safe educational opportunities for kids in rural communities. Many of these children walk 3-6 kilometers each day to attend low-quality schools. This daily journey must be often undertaken in unsafe weather conditions and risks encounters with child predators and sex traffickers. Moreover, many families cannot afford to have their children away from the home all day, and thus many are forced to abandon their education and seek more immediate livelihood opportunities.

VISION

Tribal Learning Centers offer hope of high-quality education to these families in rural communities. TLCs equip the local church with the materials necessary for a classroom setting and set up the technology for them to receive an on-line education streamed from the Church of God classrooms in Manila.

Through this model, TLCs also place the church at the center of the community and create opportunities for the seeds of the gospel to be planted in the hearts of both the students and parents.

STRATEGY

Funds gifted to the Philippines Tribal Learning Centers project equips each church to purchase the following from local markets:

* Basic Classroom Materials: Tables and chairs, white boards, storage boxes, electric fans, extension cords, and a fire extinguisher

* Computer Laptop Setup: 5 laptops loaded with educational programs, keyboards, computer mice, speakers, headsets, and containers for security

* Educational Materials: Books, workbooks, maps, globes, educational posters, and models

* Wi-Fi Tower Installation: Licenses, surveying, routers, permits, wiring, Fiber Ready Installation, cement footings, GI pipe infrastructure, tie wires, and licensed labor

* Extension Classroom: Construction of room connected to the church as a dedicated TLC area. Obtaining all permits and local approvals and building code compliant. Using local materials with a tribal facade and using local labor. Preparations for site location includes survey and assessment

School books

“The local pastor and members of the church understand the importance of having TLC’s situated at the church location. First, the church becomes the center of community as the Lord has designed it. Second, members become more involved in the educational mission of the church and in serving. Third, the outcome of the graduates can greatly affect the church body at large, thus slowly transforming the church out of its current situation for generations to come.”

Edgardo and Ivy So
Project managers and Church of God leaders in the Philippines

Partnering to Make a Difference

PROJECT SPECIFICS

All Tribal Learning Centers will be registered and monitored by the Department of Education and maintain a PEAC Accreditation.

FUTURE PLANS

The success of each Tribal Learning Center will be evaluated by a team comprised of national leaders, regional and local pastors, institutional partners, and the local church.

Will you join Global Strategy in preparing a path for the next generation of leaders?

Ways to make a difference

  • Online—Visit this link.
  • Check—Make checks payable to “Church of God Ministries” and specify “Tribal Learning Centers - 42.30041” in the memo line.

For more information, contact Global Strategy Projects at 800.848.2464 or GSProjects@chog.org.

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