MUSIC IS LIFE. CENTEX promotes learners’ love for beautiful music among its learners with the after-school music program using violins and cellos.

MOVEMENTS WITH A PURPOSE. In partnership with Ayala Foundation’s Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX), Steps provides a select number of CENTEX students a well-rounded dance education. Students with the right physique and body proportion, as well as the capacity to take dance training to a higher level, are included in the program. STEPS currently supports 26 children from CENTEX. The scholarship includes their transportation to their Dance classes all year round, full uniforms, snacks and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examination fees.

WORKING IN UNISON. Brigada Eskwela, also known as the “Bayanihan Para sa Paaralan (Working Together for Schools)”, added a new meaning to the Filipino concept of unity. From the image of barrio men bearing together the weight of a bahay kubo(nipa hut) on their shoulders to the image of volunteers braving storms and floods to help calamity-stricken communities, Brigada Eskwela brings to us a picture of people from different sectors of society repainting walls and blackboards, cleaning windows and doors, or repairing fences.

STRENGTH IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY. CENTEX implements one of the provisions of the Philippine disaster risk reduction and management act of 2010 (DRRM Act) to integrate DRRM in the school curriculum and other educational programs, and to heighten the level of resiliency of students toward natural disasters.

WIN na WIN sa WinS. WinS is a DepEd program that improves the quality of education for disadvantaged children through participatory, innovative and pro-poor water and environmental sanitation solutions in public elementary schools.

CATCHING DEEP-SEA FISHES. School Early Registration is conducted to “ensure all new entrants for Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7 and 11 learners are registered” as well as to “locate, identify, and register” out-of-school children (OSC) and youth (OSY) in the community. These may include learners living with disability/ies; living in an off-grid community; living in a barangay without a school; living in a geographically isolated area; displaced due to natural disaster; living in an armed conflict area, living in an area with high level of criminality/drug abuse; having chronic illness; having nutritional problem/s; victim/s of child abuse or economic exploitation; stateless or undocumented; in conflict with the law; living on the streets; and those who are no longer in school but interested in going back to schools.