Helping children access education

Children in school

Save the Children gives the gift of learning to thousands of Filipino children because we know how education changes a child’s life.

In the Philippines, 6.2 million primary-school aged children are not in school.

Different factors affect their schooling: disasters; lack of teachers, books, school supplies and facilities; poor nutrition; and poverty, among others.

Some children are also forced to leave school so they can work and support their families. In fact, 11.1% of Filipino children ages 5-14 is engaged in child labor.

Meanwhile, some drop out due to early marriage or pregnancy. Among Filipino girls ages 15-19, 9.7% is already married or in union.

For children with disabilities, schools are often physically inaccessible or unable to cater to their needs. In fact, only less than 3% of Filipino children with disabilities has access to education.

Inclusive Education 

17352089_847583908713489_4572496476566370004_nAll children deserve quality education.

Unfortunately, only one-third of young Filipino children enjoy early childhood development classes.

Save the Children works to improve access to quality education for all children – girls and boys – no matter where they live.

We're helping children realize their full potential by implementing various education programs.

Our First Read program teaches children ages 0-5 to read, write, and count. The program also develops their creativity and imagination. It trains parents and teachers on proper childcare, nutrition, and hygiene. 

Together with our partners, we've published, translated, and distributed age-appropriate and culturally-sensitive books for children in various Filipino languages. We also documented indigenous songs, stories and games. 

Meanwhile, our KASALI program provides inclusive basic education for children with disabilities, ensuring protection from abuse and discrimination.

Our Adolescent Learning programs allow the Filipino youth to develop skills and resilience. By honing their vocational and entrepreneurial skills, we're providing them opportunities for a more productive future.

Education in Emergencies

Emergencies cause serious disruptions to a child’s education.

In emergency situations, Save the Children establishes Temporary Learning Spaces, which provide safe environments for children to learn and play.

We also provide Child-Friendly Spaces, Teaching Materials, Back-to-School Kits, Pyschosocial Support, and Hygiene Kits.

The Gift of Education

2Save the Children aims to break inter-generational poverty by keeping children in school.

We make sure that children enjoy learning as early as possible. We also support those without formal education in their transition into adulthood. 

Together, let’s bring children closer to their dreams. Support our education programs, save children today!