The Erya Program

Founded on the core values of service, paying it forward, and community building, the Gabay Erya (a Tagalized form of “area”, a word used to refer to the program’s partner schools) Formation Program or the GEFP is a formation program that seeks to enhance the academic skills of public school students. The program accomplishes this goal by providing the Erya kids with free tutorial sessions in Math and English. In the long term, the GEFP aims to inculcate in its beneficiaries the value of education and grant them better access to quality education. Concretely speaking, we conduct academic enrichment programs for these kids by way of weekly Erya insertions.  

The GEFP also endeavors to inspire the Erya kids (who are already tutored in Mathematics and English every week) by showing them that the idea of quality education is indeed possible and tangible for them. Through the Erya Alternative Class Program, the children are given the opportunity to spend one whole day in the Ateneo where they are taught lessons on special subjects, such as chemistry, physics, and theatre arts. On the end of the program, the Erya Recognition Day awards the efforts of the tutees during the past year and urges them to strive harder for their dreams.

Under the New Normal

However, the current pandemic has made these normal insertions impossible. Keeping true to the mandate of the organization, this year, Erya seeks to engage with the kids through alternative programs. These include donation drives and an Erya hotline where we can provide valuable academic and emotional support to the kids.

Also, much of the energy of the Erya program this year will be exerted to improving the current module and data analysis systems. This makes sure that Erya’s future will live well beyond the current times.

The Erya Arms

Members of Ateneo Gabay can participate in the Erya Program by being part of any of Erya’s three arms. Spearheaded by the organization’s Education Operations Committee, these Erya arms are the:

Tutoring Arm

Members of this arm tutors the Erya kids in each session. They also serve as “ates” and “kuyas” of the kids to guide them in building interest to learn.

Under the new normal, these Ates and Kuyas will serve as a valuable tutor pool to our Erya kids that will help them in their distance learning.

Modules Arm

Content creators craft English and Math modules consisting of a lesson proper and posttest. These modules are utilized by the tutors every week during the insertions.

Under the new normal, content creators are tasked to revamp the current set of modules for the benefit of future Erya programs.

Data Analysis Arm

Members of this team evaluate the weekly performances of the Erya kids. The evaluation helps the tutoring arm to know the abilities of the kids. In addition, the item analysis helps the modules arm to improve their posttests. 

Under the new normal, the DA arm is tasked to revamp the current system for the benefit of future Erya programs.

History of Erya

As an organization primarily composed of scholars blessed with the opportunity to study in the Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo Gabay felt that there was a need to give back by responding to society’s calls of need. Recognizing the value of quality education in the lives of Atenean scholars, the organization saw that the best way to contribute was to serve and support the Philippine public education sector. Thus, in the 1980’s (only less than a decade after the organization was founded), its members—who mostly came from public schools themselves—started teaching the elementary students of various partner public schools.

Ateneo Gabay’s former partner public elementary schools include:

  • Barangka Elementary School,

  • Belarmino Elementary School,

  • Teodora Alonzo Elementary School,

  • Tanong Elementary School,

  • Balanti Elementary School,

  • Project 3 Elementary School, and

  • Batino Elementary School.

After several years of tutoring, Ateneo Gabay was able to send Erya kids to different prestigious high schools (like the Ateneo de Manila High School, Miriam College High School, and Stella Maris College) through the help of various partner organizations, such as, Tulong Dunong and Education Nurtured in Christ. However, throughout the years, the focus of Erya has shifted from scholarship towards academic enrichment. 

Today, Erya has made an effort in providing programs that would strengthen the academic core of Grade 5 and Grade 6 students of Industrial Valley Elementary School and Holy Spirit Elementary School.

Erya Events

PrepERYA (Preparation for ERYA)

PrepERYA is an activity aimed to orient and inspire both old and new members to be part of the ERYA Program. The activities mainly involve building their skills as tutors as well as providing a situationer for the program itself.

Erya Babad Session

A brief session that orients both the ERYA Kids and their parents with the whole program itself. Serving as the first insertion of the members, it’s also full of tutor-tutee interactions to provide an opportunity for both parties to know each other and encourage active participation.

Erya Insertions (Tutorial sessions)

A series of Saturdays wherein tutors go to the partner schools to teach the students Mathematics and English. 

New Normal Activities

Donation Drive

An initiative to raise funds for our Erya kids, whose families were largely affected by the pandemic. Money collected is used to provide our kids with basic school supplies to help in their distance learning and groceries for their families.

Online PrepErya

A week-long webinar for the Gabayanos, especially those who missed out on the insertions, which will introduce us further to Gabay Erya Formation Program and its goals. Erya’s new alternative initiative, Erya Hotline, will also be introduced here.

Erya Hotline

An alternative to the normal Erya insertions, the hotline aims to help the kids in their distance learning through making our channels available for them to reach us. The mode of this hotline is based on the accessibility of the kids vis-a-vis their learning.