The Foundation

BINHI means “seed” in Filipino. True to its name, BINHI Foundation aims to inculcate seeds of education among marginalized Filipino children that will grow and bear fruits of empowerment and self-confidence. The foundatioin believes literacy can inspire the youth to dream big—as big as aspiring to become the country’s President whose one of the few qualifications is having the ability to read and write, and rise above their economic status.

Founded in 2008, BINHI launched with an English literacy program crafted and designed by volunteers who aimed to teach reading, writing, and comprehension skills to pupils whose performance are below the academic benchmarks.

The no-profit non-government foundation was inspired Pratham, an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. BINHI’s vision—to keep every Filipino child in school and learning well, drives BINHI to keep going and grow the number of BINHI scholars who we envision to lead tomorrow, as today they learn to read.

BINHI scholars who attended the 24-week DepEd accredited English literacy program significantly improved their knowledge on the English language. Carefully selected scholars entered the Program without skills like recognition of alphabets and their sounds, reading 3-letter words, and understanding short stories and narratives. At the end of the Program, children were converted to as much as learning the ability to independently read and understand storybooks.

The Foundation

BINHI means “seed” in Filipino. True to its name, BINHI Foundation aims to inculcate seeds of education among marginalized Filipino children that will grow and bear fruits of empowerment and self-confidence. The foundatioin believes literacy can inspire the youth to dream big—as big as aspiring to become the country’s President whose one of the few qualifications is having the ability to read and write, and rise above their economic status.

Founded in 2008, BINHI launched with an English literacy program crafted and designed by volunteers who aimed to teach reading, writing, and comprehension skills to pupils whose performance are below the academic benchmarks.

The no-profit non-government foundation was inspired Pratham, an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. BINHI’s vision—to keep every Filipino child in school and learning well, drives BINHI to keep going and grow the number of BINHI scholars who we envision to lead tomorrow, as today they learn to read.

BINHI scholars who attended the 24-week DepEd accredited English literacy program significantly improved their knowledge on the English language. Carefully selected scholars entered the Program without skills like recognition of alphabets and their sounds, reading 3-letter words, and understanding short stories and narratives. At the end of the Program, children were converted to as much as learning the ability to independently read and understand storybooks.

Core Beliefs

We believe that every child is unique and has different abilities, needs and learning styles. Therefore, we train teachers to use different approaches to teaching and we provide interactive activities to foster participation in class. We also believe that students learn best in a caring and supportive environment.

Our Vision

“Every Filipino child in school and learning well.”

Our Mission

BINHI aims to provide English learning support to children in marginalized areas by creating and providing learning kits inspired by proven teaching methodologies, recruiting and teaching community-based volunteers as assistant teachers, and training public school teachers to effectively implement the Program’s curriculum.

Our learning kits include everything needed for the success of the literacy program—the teacher’s manual, instructional audio-visual support for the instructor, all the teaching materials like flash cards, toys, lesson books, and story books, and student evaluation tools.

We train teachers to instill the love of learning among BINHI scholars so they develop the self-motivation to stay in school. BINHI accomplishes this by creating a learning environment that builds the child’s self-confidence.

Core Beliefs

We believe that every child is unique and has different abilities, needs and learning styles. Therefore, we train teachers to use different approaches to teaching and we provide interactive activities to foster participation in class. We also believe that students learn best in a caring and supportive environment.

Our Vision

“Every child in school and learning well.”

Our Mission

BINHI aims to provide English learning support to children in marginalized areas by creating and providing learning kits inspired by proven teaching methodologies, recruiting and teaching community-based volunteers as assistant teachers, and training public school teachers to effectively implement the Program’s curriculum.

Our learning kits include everything needed for the success of the literacy program—the teacher’s manual, instructional audio-visual support for the instructor, all the teaching materials like flash cards, toys, lesson books, and story books, and student evaluation tools.

We train teachers to instill the love of learning among BINHI scholars so they develop the self-motivation to stay in school. BINHI accomplishes this by creating a learning environment that builds the child’s self-confidence.

The Kits

Kit 0

Kit 0 is the BINHI pre-reading program conducted for non- or poor readers aged 4 to 6.

Teacher-Student Ratio 2:15

Learning Outcomes:

  • Basic Comprehension (retell important parts of a story; identify problem and solution in each story; predict outcomes)
  • Oral Language (develop confidence in speaking; learn songs & poems)
  • Socialization (sharing/cooperative play/role playing/helping the class)
  • Pre-Reading (identify alphabets sounds, colors, shapes; develop gross and fine motor skills; develop vocabularies)
  • Basic calendar facts

Kit 1

Kit 1 is the BINHI beginning reading program conducted for non- or poor readers in Grade 2, usually aged 7 to 8.

Teacher-Student Ratio 1:25

Learning Outcomes:

  • Basic Comprehension (retell important parts of a story; identify problem and solution in each story; predict outcomes)
  • Basic Reading Skills (develop a sight word vocabulary; recognize sight words in a sentence)
  • Pre-Reading (match shapes and letters; identify rhyming words; directionality; identify names and sounds of alphabet; identify short vowel sounds and 3-letter words with short vowels)
  • Basic calendar facts

Kit 2

Kit 2 is the BINHI comprehensive reading program conducted for non- or poor readers in Grade 3, usually aged 8 and above.

Teacher-Student Ratio 1:15

Learning Outcomes:

  • Independent reading skills: prediction, making connections, inferring, visualizing, questioning what is read, analyzing, synthesizing, and critiquing

International Benchmark

  • Kindergarten students should be in levels D & E
  • Grade 1 should be in levels I, J, K
  • Grade 2 Level M

The Kits

Kit 0

Kit 0 is the BINHI pre-reading program conducted for non- or poor readers aged 4 to 6.

Teacher-Student Ratio 2:15

Learning Outcomes:

  • Basic Comprehension (retell important parts of a story; identify problem and solution in each story; predict outcomes)
  • Oral Language (develop confidence in speaking; learn songs & poems)
  • Socialization (sharing/cooperative play/role playing/helping the class)
  • Pre-Reading (identify alphabets sounds, colors, shapes; develop gross and fine motor skills; develop vocabularies)
  • Basic calendar facts

Kit 1

Kit 1 is the BINHI beginning reading program conducted for non- or poor readers in Grade 2, usually aged 7 to 8.

Teacher-Student Ratio 1:25

Learning Outcomes:

  • Basic Comprehension (retell important parts of a story; identify problem and solution in each story; predict outcomes)
  • Basic Reading Skills (develop a sight word vocabulary; recognize sight words in a sentence)
  • Pre-Reading (match shapes and letters; identify rhyming words; directionality; identify names and sounds of alphabet; identify short vowel sounds and 3-letter words with short vowels)
  • Basic calendar facts

Kit 2

Kit 2 is the BINHI comprehensive reading program conducted for non- or poor readers in Grade 3, usually aged 8 and above.

Teacher-Student Ratio 1:15

Learning Outcomes:

  • Independent reading skills: prediction, making connections, inferring, visualizing, questioning what is read, analyzing, synthesizing, and critiquing

International Benchmark

  • Kindergarten students should be in levels D & E
  • Grade 1 should be in levels I, J, K
  • Grade 2 Level M

The Team

Maria Luisa Tinio Bayot

Chairman & President
Certificate in Interior Design, Parsons School of Interior Design
AB in Business Administration, Assumption College

“The education of our youth is a shared responsibility. The government can only do so much, and I believe that the society can do so much more than sit and criticize. It is more productive to pool our resources and do whatever we can to help ensure that no child is indeed left behind. Reading and comprehension skills have an encompassing effect on one’s academic and personal development. When we invest on literacy at the most crucial time of a child’s learning, we change a child’s prospects from limited to limitless. Learning interventions like the BINHI literacy program allows underprivleged children to gain good ground to learn well and help themselves succeed, with their ability to read.

My dream is for our BINHI classes to be passed on and touch the lives of every member of our scholars’ families — from the siblings to the parents. We would also love to see a BINHI class in every public school in the country.”

Maria Teresa P. Gallego

Trustee
MA in International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
BS in Commerce (Accounting), De La Salle University

“Reading skills have become MORE relevant in our ever advancing world. While technology provides a new and faster delivery system for communication, the content or substance of the material remains paramount. Having the critical and analytical skills to judge the quality of content, which impacts the soundness of our decision-making, becomes more important than ever before. To hone judgement and critical thinking, there is no substitute for reading, and most of all, reading with comprehension.

My dream is for BINHI to be instrumental in developing a love of reading in all Filipinos. The current age of instant gratification and intellectual laziness has resulted in many people being taken in by fake news and “alternative facts” delivered through snappy sound bites, memes and GIFs — with disastrous effects on their ability to make rational decisions. The only way to combat this is for Filipinos to develop a love of reading, so that they can expose themselves to the best ideas of humanity and thereby develop more discerning judgement, in turn leading to wiser choices and improved lives.”

Ciara Margarita Lazatin Mapa

Trustee
MA in Gifted Education, Teachers College Columbia University

MA in Psychology (Child and Family Development), Ateneo de Manila University

BA in Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University

“Education broadens the world of a child in so many ways. Aside from the cognitive benefits that education provides, children also get exposed to attitudes and skills that will later serve as stepping stones for a more successful life. These attitudes include confidence, perseverance, flexibility, and being proactive, among others. Skills, such as being able to communicate effectively, multi-tasking, and leadership potential, are honed through the guidance of education.”

Eloisa S. Ilustre

Trustee
MBA, Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business
AB in Mathematics, De La Salle University

Andrea M. Astudillo

Trustee
BS in Business Administration (Accounting), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

“Literacy has a vital role in reducing poverty. It helps people acquire and develop the skills they need to improve their living conditions. Literacy equips individuals with competencies that will increase their opportunities. It empowers them to make effective and more appropriate decisions as a result of a better understanding of realities. Thus, literacy can break the vicious cycle of poverty.

It is my fervent hope that Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc. sustains its growth so it can fully achieve its philanthropic goals of improving education and social well-being of children.”

Maria Luisa Tinio Bayot

Chairman & President
Certificate in Interior Design, Parsons School of Interior Design
AB in Business Administration, Assumption College

“The education of our youth is a shared responsibility. The government can only do so much, and I believe that the society can do so much more than sit and criticize. It is more productive to pool our resources and do whatever we can to help ensure that no child is indeed left behind. Reading and comprehension skills have an encompassing effect on one’s academic and personal development. When we invest on literacy at the most crucial time of a child’s learning, we change a child’s prospects from limited to limitless. Learning interventions like the BINHI literacy program allows underprivleged children to gain good ground to learn well and help themselves succeed, with their ability to read.

My dream is for our BINHI classes to be passed on and touch the lives of every member of our scholars’ families — from the siblings to the parents. We would also love to see a BINHI class in every public school in the country.”

Maria Teresa P. Gallego

Trustee
MA in International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
BS in Commerce (Accounting), De La Salle University

“Reading skills have become MORE relevant in our ever advancing world. While technology provides a new and faster delivery system for communication, the content or substance of the material remains paramount. Having the critical and analytical skills to judge the quality of content, which impacts the soundness of our decision-making, becomes more important than ever before. To hone judgement and critical thinking, there is no substitute for reading, and most of all, reading with comprehension.

My dream is for BINHI to be instrumental in developing a love of reading in all Filipinos. The current age of instant gratification and intellectual laziness has resulted in many people being taken in by fake news and “alternative facts” delivered through snappy sound bites, memes and GIFs — with disastrous effects on their ability to make rational decisions. The only way to combat this is for Filipinos to develop a love of reading, so that they can expose themselves to the best ideas of humanity and thereby develop more discerning judgement, in turn leading to wiser choices and improved lives.”

Ciara Margarita Lazatin Mapa

Trustee
MA in Gifted Education, Teachers College Columbia University
MA in Psychology (Child and Family Development), Ateneo de Manila University
BA in Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University

“Education broadens the world of a child in so many ways. Aside from the cognitive benefits that education provides, children also get exposed to attitudes and skills that will later serve as stepping stones for a more successful life. These attitudes include confidence, perseverance, flexibility, and being proactive, among others. Skills, such as being able to communicate effectively, multi-tasking, and leadership potential, are honed through the guidance of education.”

Eloisa S. Ilustre

Trustee
MBA, Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business
AB in Mathematics, De La Salle University

Andrea M. Astudillo

Trustee
BS in Business Administration (Accounting), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

“Literacy has a vital role in reducing poverty. It helps people acquire and develop the skills they need to improve their living conditions. Literacy equips individuals with competencies that will increase their opportunities. It empowers them to make effective and more appropriate decisions as a result of a better understanding of realities. Thus, literacy can break the vicious cycle of poverty.

It is my fervent hope that Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc. sustains its growth so it can fully achieve its philanthropic goals of improving education and social well-being of children.”

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