The Greenwich Aralkada Program in Iloilo
Aralkada is the country’s favorite pizza and pasta chain’s initiative together with Jollibee Group Foundation that engages the youth to develop innovative solutions to public education challenges, harnessing the spirit of barkadahan for positive action.
Through Aralkada, Greenwich hopes to inspire and engage the youth (18 to 35 years old) to develop innovative solutions to public education challenges. As Greenwich continuously talks about fostering sharing and bonding, Aralkada aims to be an avenue for that through a more meaningful approach.
Active university-based youth organizations from Iloilo namely Iloilo Science and Technology University’s, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University Arevalo and Molo, and St. Paul University had the opportunity to create solutions that help improve learning and academic performance of public elementary school students from Leon, Molo, Barotac-Viejo, and San Rafael in the areas of English and Filipino, Science and Math – four focused areas of functional literacy.
Knowledge and skills in these areas help children grow up with an ability to communicate effectively, to solve problems scientifically, to think critically and creatively, to use resources sustainably and be productive, to develop one’s sense of community and to expand one’s world view.
The seven (7) youth organizations with the most innovative and high-potential project received a grant of PHP 50,000.00 from Greenwich to bring their innovative solutions to life within six months.
In addition, representatives from the selected youth organizations joined The Ultimate Aralkada Youth Camp in Iloilo City and went through a series of workshops to further gain knowledge and skills in implementing their projects.
“We are happy about to be here tonight as we celebrate the hard work and passion that our youth organizations have showed for the duration of their project implementation. Greenwich Aralkada clearly shows that Iloilo’s youth is involved in the society and eager to make a difference. In this case, their brilliant ideas to help improve function literacy in elementary schools have made a difference in the lives of each student they have encountered,” says Cookie T. Cabrera, Greenwich Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Head.