UP Interschool Business Association

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UP Interschool Business Association: The Food Project: Recess will never be the same again!

Quezon City, PhilippinesQuezon City, Philippines
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Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This project is an uptick from the simple feeding program in schools. It mixes simple dole-out of feeding of children, food education and academic support. This is timely and appropriate in the Philippines given its bipolar problem of malnourishment and obesity. Recess won't be ever the same again!

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if children are guided properly both at home and at school in the proper food to eat?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Nutrition directly affects academic performance. For example, lack of protein leads to lethargy and poor grades. While it is every family’s goal to make sure their children eats right, there are various reasons why this is not so. In the Philippines, over 30% of children (2-19 years old) are malnourished and over 7% are malnourished. (1) It is because of rampant poverty and (2) esp. about obesity, it is about wrong food education and support

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Incorporate food into the educational system. The teacher uses food to teach hard lessons (such as fractions), and accompanies them during break times. Children eat food while the teacher teaches, can eat at the time most appropriate for them and share with their fellow schoolmates. The solution is twofold. (1) It is food support. Esp. in communities with malnutrition, a sustainable food project would be started like community farming and food rations from gov't project and corporate sponsors. (2) Second is food-guided education. Recess would never be the same as teachers and students also work hand-in-hand and enjoy break time. It is a new idea of schooling. Recess activities can range from health food lessons to any academic lessons.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Imagine lunch time won't just be a random encounter with your school canteen or just a run-out with your friends. This project is a simple idea that can be implemented in public schools or private schools alike. From time to time, maybe 2-3 times a week; teachers and students shall conduct recess/lunch time activities to guide academic lessons or food lessons. May it be picnic style (for those who can afford) or a simple feeding program for the less fortunate (as said before it can be a sustainable project). Imagine teachers having a hearty meal with their students - still teaching - but also bonding and knowing the children's lifestyles. This is the best opportunity for teachers to know problems of students may it be malnutrition/obesi

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

It is really a weird problem in the Philippines with children malnutrition problems with rising obesity problems. As said in various researches; this is caused by a mix of widespread poverty and widespread unhealthy consumer foods like junk foods and high-access fastfoods (rendering not only rich children being obese, but affecting everyone). First impact is to really have a good grasp the extent of the problem and the school is the best avenue for that - more accurate finding leading to policy changes etc. Second impact is the direct education and health increase of children. Food education is as important as academic one for it will dictate their well-being for the rest of their lives.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Full impact of this primarily from a simple idea to a simple working project to a habit of a phenomenon inculcated in every educational standard and/or curriculum. This extend to having tackling the issues of proper canteens, food equipment and health programs on every school. Hopefully, in 5 to 10 years major schools in the country can at least adapt a simple version of this idea. Moving forward, it is another step for schooling to be the prime penchant of change not just a place for learning of the mind but a full holistic change bodily and mentally.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Support can come from government up to corporate sponsors - if afforded, from parents. Projects like this can range from simply being a education-filled activity of recess and lunches that renders no additional cost to being a full-scale overhaul of providing food and having a sustainable food community (which is proven doable as everyone cooperates). For private schools it is easier of a change. For public schools, start small thru NGOs LGUs etc

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Though there are feeding programs, this project differs because the engagement with the student does not end when the school year is over. In addition to feeding them, the teacher are sure that the children learn the lessons and how to share, something that feeding programs don't address. This program shall interest educational institution, food and wellness companies, NGOs, teachers and the communities themselves. In the Philippines, there are various feeding programs and volunteer programs across but none actually combine everything to a holistic idea of education by food and thru it.

Founding Story

Many inspirations of this idea. (1) Primarily through experiences in our organization UP IBA esp. in our recent library outreach - helping a public school start their own - so why not an educational project! (2) This idea sparked also when we saw this changemakers module and contests - serendipitously, in my TV is the commercial of Jack La Lanne's Power Juicer with the teachers together with her students juicing and drinking fruits and vegetables. Aha! What a great idea it is to use recess/lunch to get children going. In this story, even to teach children to take their vegetables! So that's the seed of the idea to evolve in to a hodgepodge of ideas to this concept we yearn for. Your recess will never be the same again!


Christelle Lao - former Communications Manager of UP IBA (introduced us to this site) Jenard Guevarra - UP IBA president
About You
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About Your Project
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How long has your organization been operating?

Organization Country

, Quezon City

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Quezon City

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers.

Primary Target Age Group

0 - 1.5, 1.5 - 3, 3 - 5, 6 - 12, 13 - 17.

Your role in Education

Social Worker, Student.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative, Other.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free), Private (tuition-based), Home-School.

Intervention Focus

Childcare, Extracurricular, Community, Parenting.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Actively Designing Space & Culture as Essential Elements for Learning: Creating cost-effective methods to infuse a school with habits, language, and materials needed for learning through play.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

The team dreams that every child will eat the proper food, and that their academic performance will improve with it. The team also hopes to achieve the other benefits of this project listed in our proposal.

Secondary Form
PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:
RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:
SOURCE: If applicable - who created the research or evidence you are choosing to share? :
IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

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APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

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AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.