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Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines’ third oldest university, was founded in 1859 by Spanish Jesuits. The mission of Ateneo de Manila is “to preserve, extend, and communicate truth and apply it to human development and the preservation of the environment.” The main organizations through which Ateneo de Manila interacts with the community are as follows:
OFFICE FOR SOCIAL CONCERN AND INVOLVEMENT (OSCI)
The OSCI is an office in the College unit of the University. Since its establishment in April 1975, OSCI has sought several approaches to respond to the call of Jesuit education of forming ‘persons-for-others’. From traditional immersions in rural and urban communities to relief drives and mobilization for advocacy works, the OSCI has been an active partner in imbibing a deep sense of social responsibility among its students.
ATENEO CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (ACED)
ACED assists public elementary and high schools in teacher training and the training of principals. Communities are also actively engaged. Education leaders, local government leaders, teachers, and students come together and take responsibility for the improvement of public education in collaboration with the Department of Education and education networks such as Synergeia Foundation.
PATHWAYS TO HIGHER EDUCATION
Pathways to Higher Education identifies talented but financially underprivileged public high school students and equips them with the necessary academic and soft skills to nurture them to become Filipino leaders who will serve their country and transform the nation. SOURCE: Pathways website
PARTNERSHIP WITH GAWAD KALINGA
The long-term partnership with Gawad Kalinga has seen the rise of homes and communities in poor areas of the country. Ateneo students and faculty offer livelihood training to enable the communities to be self-sufficient.
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