Empowering children through 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 forced marriage or unintended pregnancies. Among Filipino girls ages 15-19, 9.7% is already married or in union. 

Inclusive Education 

All children deserve quality education.

As of 2010, there were 375,952 recorded school-age children with disabilities in the Philippines, the National Census showed.

However, only 1 in every 3 of these children is in school. 

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. 

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

Meanwhile, 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. 

First Read 

Save the Children also aims to share the joy reading with children. 

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. 

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

Empowering indigenous children 

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

Our education programs reach indigenous children across different parts of the country. 

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.

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, Hygiene Kits, books and toys.

We've work in the aftermath of earthquakes, typhoons, disease outbreaks, and armed conflict like the Marawi Crisis.  

The Gift of Learning 

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. Donate today, save lives!