Getting children back into school after emergencies
Save the Children runs programs that improve access and the quality of education for children in the Philippines.School plays a key role in a child’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional development and well-being. But for all too many Filipino children - 6.2 million of them - there are barriers such as geographic location, natural disasters and socio-economic status that make school attendance difficult. And yet, education is one of the key factors to escaping the cycle of poverty.
Improving schools and encouraging reading
We are helping to better children's learning outcomes by improving the quality of education they receive. We know some children need extra help in school so we are boosting reading skills through our Literacy Boost reading programs, providing quality children's books, holding children's writing workshops and training teachers. By making school a fun place to be, we hope to inspire children to read more while also improving overall literacy in classes.
Often children who speak local dialects can be disadvantaged by having to switch between different languages at home and at school. Our Mother Tongue-based Multi-Lingual Education assists schools in developing school curriculum to address this challenge and provides learning materials in local languages such as Tagalog. We are also involving parents in our reading programs - in addition to the roughly 710 teachers we will be training this year, we will also show at least 520 parents and communities how to encourage their children to read more.
Education in emergencies
During emergencies such as natural disasters and armed conflict, we set up Temporary Learning Spaces and Child Friendly Spaces so that children can get back to their regular activities and regain a sense of routine. After Typhoon Yolanda where many children and schools lost everything, we handed out back-to-school kits to both students and teachers, as well as repairing and rebilding damaged schools.
School health and nutrition
Healthy children means regular school attendance and fewer drop-outs. For many years, Save the Children has been integrating health and nutrition into its supported schools by including health and hygiene sessions within classroom teaching. We also ensure that students have access to health services and work with the communities in strengthening attitides and policies on health and nutrition.