Friday, August 8, 2008

Save the Children in the Philippines

Save the Children has worked for underserved children in the Philippines for 26 years. From its initial program in West Visayas, which began in 1982, the Philippines Country Office has expanded and now implements child-focused education, health and emergency preparedness and response programs in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, the archipelago’s three major island groups. Save the Children has a special focus of helping children made vulnerable by endemic poverty, natural disasters or by armed conflict. Programs are marked by the active involvement of families and communities, so that progress made for children can be sustained.

Challenges for Children

Access to and quality of basic services in education and health are major challenges for children in the Philippines. With eight of 10 children unable to access early childhood services, many Filipino first-graders enter school without the skills they need to learn. In Metro Manila, overcrowded schools result in teachers holding classes in two or three shifts a day. In contrast, rural schools have fewer students but suffer from a lack of basic resources, such as books, teaching supplies, or even teachers. The public education system’s inability to catch up with rapid growth in the student population has led to a serious decline in the quality of instruction and student achievement. An alarming number of very young children in the Philippines have iron deficiency anemia. Among older children, this is compounded by soil-transmitted parasitic worms that cause malnutrition and diseases – a result of poor sanitation and hygiene. In Mindanao, children and their families are vulnerable to the effects of sporadic conflict between various armed groups and the Philippine military.


1 comment:

meggi said...

peppyeloisa wrote on Aug 8
you know that's one sad reality of life in the Philippines, and what's even sadder and frustrating is, no one's REALLY helping out to solve these economic crisis', though some may be trying, [at least that's what they say] it obviously ain't enough. and we keep on waiting and waiting for someone.. anyone to make a change, yet we, ourselves, don't bother to even try to start making changes. that's actually one of the reasons why I wanna be a teacher, I want to help out my fellow Filipino's. especially those children that can't afford to go to school. Yes, perhaps it's wishful thinking that someone as little as me could make a difference, but then trying wouldn't hurt, would it? So I know it's worth a shot. :B

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