An education reform advocate, Harvey Keh has helped set up four organizations over the past 10 years: Pathways to Higher Education in 2002, Acts of Hope for the Nation Foundation in 2006, Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership in 2008 and Philippine Toy Library Inc. in 2011. He is treasurer and board member of Synergeia Foundation, a coalition that aims to uplift the state of basic education in the Philippines.
Keh’s advocacy started when he was still in high school, when he taught catechism to depressed communities in San Juan, and was strengthened in college, when he tutored children in Quezon City. He saw pre-teen students who had difficulty understanding basic math concepts and simple reading materials. This led to the creation of the first organization he co-founded. Pathways is a Ford Foundation-funded program based in Ateneo de Manila that seeks to help poor but deserving students gain access to quality higher education. It has helped 200 students graduate from college, to date, and is supporting 200 students in college and 160 in high school.
Ahon Foundation, meanwhile, is a nonprofit that helps promote literacy by building public elementary school libraries. Since establishment, it has helped build 67 public elementary school libraries in the Luzon and Visayas regions, reached at least 180,000 students, and helped partner schools boost National Achievement Test scores by 17 percent.
Keh was chosen as one of the 2010 The Outstanding Young Men awardees for the field of public education and good governance.