In April 2004 indigenous leaders and teachers from indigenous communities owning education facilities known as Traditional Origins Ethnic Education Schools, or TOE²S, gathered in a residential conference-seminar (the first of its kind) at the Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP) at Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. The participants discussed how to empower the communities to maximise the benefit of owning a TOE²S facility both to support standard education and to preserve indigenous culture traditions.

EVA Charity Foundation raises funding for the construction and equipping of schools in Aeta areas. (Click here to see how an Aeta school is built)  The schools are built following the Traditional Origins Ethnic Education Schools (TOE²S) principles which were designed by Jennifer Wallum, MBE, President of EVA Charity Foundation, with the participation of Aeta tribal leaders.

A presentation of 3000 books, funded by EVA Charity Foundation and written in the Aeta Mag-antsi language, took place on 24 October 2001 at the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Region III offices. The books were translated by The Summer Institute of Linguistics to ensure that the “first language” component is available to speed up the literacy learning process and to ensure that the Aeta language is kept alive. Recent updates on the status of specific schools are provided in our ‘News’ page.