Student Empowerment Pathways to Poverty Alleviation: Nurturing Innovative Teachers and Education Leaders


The Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA), under which this study was carried out, aims at addressing chronic poverty through the expansion of educational opportunities to at least one child of every identified poor household by sending them to school to finish a college degree. Philippine Normal University, as the National Center for Teacher Education in the Philippines, was identified as one of the partners in the program implementation. Justifiably, this study focuses on the description of the students-grantees’ educational experiences and personal histories of transcending boundaries toward empowerment. Specifically, the student-grantees’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (S.W.O.T) and future aspirations were explored. Open-ended interviews and focus group discussions were utilized in data gathering. Triangulation was employed in interpreting the data from the three groups of participants: students-grantees, parents, and teachers. Findings suggest that the students-grantees have demonstrated improvement in their personal-social, career, and academic dispositions. Moreover, this study reveals that the students-grantees’ aspirations include becoming educational leaders and role models who can help break the cycle of poverty and continue to become lifelong learners.

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Aurora B. Fulgencio, Philippine Normal University, Philippines
Marie Chiela C. Malcampo, Philippine Normal University, Philippines

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Student learning

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