The following is a press release from the Ayala Foundation
MANILA, Philippines - With the help of books that tell inspiring real-life stories, imaginative children’s tales, and well-loved legends and folk tales, the Ayala group hopes to make an impact in the life and learning of students from 200 public schools across the country.
Through 200,000 storybooks that show the different facets of Filipino identity, history, and culture, the conglomerate promotes not only the practical value of literacy, but also the love of the written word. Reading gives children the freedom to seek information that is essential to learning, while also nurturing their imagination and creativity.
The storybooks were gathered through a book drive supported by subsidiaries, affiliates, and some partner organizations of Ayala Corporation. Spearheaded by Ayala Foundation Inc., the social development arm of the Ayala group, the book drive coincided with the celebration of National Reading Month in November.
Ayala Foundation ceremonially turned over the storybooks to the 200 recipient schools in a special event held at the Ayala Museum on November 25—designated as Araw ng Pagbasa, or National Reading Day.
The books were received on behalf of the schools by Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Dina Ocampo from Ayala Corporation President Fernando Zobel de Ayala, president of Ayala Corporation and co-chairman of Ayala Foundation, and Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation.
“Whether through investments in the educational system or the many learning initiatives driven by Ayala Foundation, we aim to contribute in a significant way to the development of our country’s human capital," said Mr. Zobel. “We believe that our human capital is one of our strongest advantages as a country.”
The turnover was witnessed by Vice President Leni Robredo, who served as the guest of honor at the event.
“When children experience the power of ideas, read about the great lives lived before us and understand the forces that shaped the economies and societies, he will start believing and he will start having hope. What you’re doing today providing children with story books that will begin their journey of self discovery and a lifetime of growth is the best way to build a nation of leaders it will horn our kids to think for themselves,” said Robredo.
Also lending support to the book drive was Representative Jorge “Bolet” Banal of the third district of Quezon City, who is the advocate of “Araw ng Pag(b)asa” in Congress.
Rio 2016 Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz also shared her own story of hope during the event.
“Education is a key program for us at Ayala Foundation, and we remain convinced of its power in freeing us from ignorance,” said Maranan. “And in any of our education interventions, we make sure that we work with like-minded partners—especially with government agencies like the Department of Education—so that our work is strongly aligned with the actual needs of our students, teachers, and schools. The storybooks that we are turning over to DepEd today, in fact, strongly supports the K–12 curriculum for language and reading.” – Rappler.com