BTE Around the World
Grant Period: 2010 – 2013
Welcome to our Community
Launched in August 2010, the BTE- Parañaque, Philippines program – a unique partnership between Johnson & Johnson (Philippines), World Vision Development Foundation, Parañaque City Health Office, Parañaque National High School (PNHS), the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM), and the University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences (UPM-SHS) – strived to inspire and motivate young people from underprivileged communities to pursue post-secondary education and health-related careers.
Parañaque National High School (PNHS), with partners from Johnson & Johnson, World Vision, and national agencies, launched the BTE program to increase the number of participants that enrolled in higher education and pursued healthcare careers. PNHS junior- and senior students participated in a series of opportunities, including health career seminars, Red Bag sessions, “BTE Immersions,” scholarships, professional development, and mentoring/guidance sessions.
The program also included a scholarship for a select number of BTE students, enabling these students to attend the University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences (UPM-SHS) and obtain a Community Health Worker (CHW or midwifery) degree. This degree is part of UPM-SHS’s stepladder curriculum, where students initially enroll in and obtain a CHW degree and have the option to continue their education until a degree in medicine is achieved. UPM-SHS incorporated a “return to the community” service agreement, which required all BTE scholarship students to work in the Parañaque community for each year of post-secondary education. This requirement has an important community benefit, increasing the community’s health manpower ratio.
BTE – Parañaque consistently saw impressive results for participating students. Consider the following:
- 64 PNHS students participated in the BTE program.
- Reduction in the overall days absent from secondary school during the program period (an average of 3.1 days for BTE students at baseline and 2.6 days in Year 3); the comparison group saw an increased absenteeism rate (an average of 4.0 days at baseline and 6.8 days in Year 3).
- 94 percent of BTE graduates reported being aware of higher education opportunities vs. 88 percent of comparison students.
- 82 percent of BTE graduates planned to attend an institute of higher education vs. 63 percent of comparison students.
- 19:20 students graduated in April 2011 from the BTE program; 16:20 students took the higher education admissions exams; and 12:16 students accepted to higher education.
- 21:23 students graduated in April 2012 from the BTE program.
- 19:21 students graduated in April 2013 from the BTE program.
- 6 students (3 in 2011 and 3 in 2012) received BTE scholarships and are enrolled at UPM-SHS in the two-year Community Health Worker (midwifery) program.
- 17 Johnson & Johnson employees volunteered for the BTE program and coached students.