Pencils of Hope

Grassroots Education

According to the Department of Education (DepEd), out of 100 students, only 66 will finish elementary education, 42 will finish high school, and only 25 will go to college. In vulnerable remote communities, these numbers could be possibly higher. Private-Public Partnership Programs are pivotal to the improvement of access to basic education in turn making Filipinos functionally literate and able to read and write. 

Free school supplies given during the opening of classes help increase enrolment and school participation of children and their surrounding community.



Beginner's Pencils

Black pencil is a common beginner's pencil in the Philippines. Also known as primary pencil; it is prescribed to children ages 5 to 8 years old enrolled on Kinder, Grade 1 & 2. 

The big diameter size makes it easier to grip by kid's little hands, while the soft lead creates bolder strokes that are perfect for handwriting exercises.


Philippines' Primary School

Barrio schools comprised a large percentage of public schools in the Philippines; mostly primary education (Kinder Grades 1 & 3). children under this curriculum are taught with fundamental skills of learning - writing, reading and counting.

Black Pencil Project believes that children must be enrolled at the right age and appropriate grade level to achieve full learning potential.


Grade and Culture-Sensitive

Early learners are observed to be the most excited to go to school but also very vulnerable due to economic, weather and geographical factors.

Culture and Grade-sensitive learners kit provided before opening of classes help increase enrolment and school participation bringing DepEd's vision of 'Education For All' within the grasp of Filipino children.

In exchange, children are encouraged to regularly come to school and return the used pencils to us for replacement. That’s a pact
— Mon Corpuz