Meaningful Connections: The 60 Classrooms Project

Security Bank, in collaboration with Ateneo de Naga University and Ateneo de Manila University, initiated The 60 Classrooms Project last 13 July 2012. The project started with the blessing of new classrooms in three schools, namely: Naga City Science High School, Villagrande Elementary School, and Camarines Sur National High School. Aside from reaching the goal of donating up to 60 classrooms to various public schools in Bikol, the project also includes a special teacher training program through a partnership between Ateneo de Naga University and Ateneo de Manila University (via the Ateneo Center for Educational Development [ACED]).

AdNU looks forward to conducting training programs with teachers of the recipient public schools, replicating AdMU`s education outreach program with Payatas.  With this endeavor, AdNU and AdMU will share a vision in improving the quality of Education through instruction especially in the public schools whose impact in educating the Bikolano youth has always been significant.

Fr. Primitivo Viray, Jr, SJ, President of AdNU, shared that “[The project] opens up a lot of possibilities, but the blessings do not only trickle down to the direct recipients but also to the people who will be involved in the program—the Ateneo de Naga faculty in particular.” This opportunity is something to be really thankful for and excited about as it offers a good avenue for holistic growth. Participants, from faculty members to organizers, can concretely live out the call to go to places of greater need and experience working with friends who have the same burning passion to make a difference that really makes THE positive difference.

To direct its plans and endeavors to where most of our children go to — the public schools — is one of the critical responsibilities of the university. Both Fr. Viray and Ms. Carmela Oracio (Director of ACED) share this vision in making a significant difference in and responding to the pressing call of education, one step at time.