Provide Protection Through an Education Program

by Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc
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Provide Protection Through an Education Program
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Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program

Childhope Philippines Foundation is a non-government, non-profit organization that responds directly to the needs of street children in Metro Manila who are exposed every day to the hazards and risks of working and living on the streets. For 15 years, Childhope’s KalyEskwela (mobile education van),  a mobile van with audiovisual equipment to conduct alternative education sessions and basic literacy and numeracy classes have worked to deliver basic education to street children and out of school youth in over 16 areas in 5 cities in Metro Manila. Through the organization’s alternative learning sessions conducted by street educators, the organization actively protects and promotes the children’s right to education and welfare for the betterment of the Filipino youth’s future.

New Normal in Education Initiative

To continue to aid street children’s education even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Childhope has redesigned its KalyEskwela Mobile Classroom into a Mobile Community Learning Hub. It will give free access to the internet via wifi, equipment like mobile tablets, laptop computers, printing and photocopying services for children beneficiaries continuing their schooling despite the pandemic. This is to address the gap in access to these learning tools and technology that will help them in carrying-out assigned learning tasks by school teachers. Moreover, the street educator will serve as tutors to guide the child learners in accomplishing their school tasks.

To achieve this, Childhope will conduct KalyEskwela Mobile Learning Hub area visits, which will bring to the community where these children live or stay, equipment that will enable them to access the internet like free Wifi, use of mobile tablets, and laptop computers. The KalyEskwela van is also equipped with printers for them to print out modules or research materials that will help them to comply with learning tasks given by their schools. In addition, the van will carry school supplies and reference materials for use by the learners to aid their studies.

To date, through the generous donations of corporate and partner organizations, Childhope Philippines was able to buy 20 units of the tablet, 2 units of laptop, and 2 units of portable Wi-Fi router of which hundreds of street children beneficiaries who are regularly using it this School Year. A total of 120 street children enrolled in formal school were able to attend their online classes regularly. And we are expecting more beneficiaries will join in our education session for the next school year.

In addition, the 160 units of HP NeverStop LaserJet Printer given to our organization were able to distribute to partner local government units such as barangay units. The printers given to the barangay units are also used by our beneficiaries for printing their modules, school projects, and homework which the kids need to submit to their teacher in the given schedules.

Click the link to view the virtual launching of KalyEskwela Mobile Community Learning Hub: https://www.facebook.com/ChildhopePH/videos/2817318108594974

This project is made possible by the donations of our partner corporations and organizations namely; ASMAE Philippines co-funded by Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), HP Inc., Amazon, Transurban, and Mission Inclusion.

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WATCH: This celebration of teacher's month, a street educator from Childhope Philippines, Isko, shared his life as a former street kid and now teaches as a way of giving back.

Isko joined Childhope’s street education program for street children. He attended alternative education sessions --- where he learned about reading, writing, children’s rights, good values, and spirituality. He enjoyed watching videos that taught him about the basics of proper hygiene, and the importance of family, friendship, and dreams.

But more than literacy and numeracy, the street education program equipped him with life skills to overcome challenges. Through his active participation in the program, Isko slowly developed his talents, built his confidence and self-worth, and carved out a better future for himself.

 It’s not an easy journey, and there will always be people and circumstances trying to break you and bring you down. But you can always make a choice to use these problems as opportunities to learn and do better.

“By not giving up in the face of adversity, I assure you that you will become stronger. You can only live a life worth living when you finally decide to face all of their fears and take the first step forward,” said Isko.

GIVING BACK  

At present, Isko is paying it forward in their own simple ways. From a street child, Isko is now a street educator who is on a mission to create more “Iskos.” He said nothing makes him happier than protecting, guiding, and empowering the little street children.

“I want to make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of street children, just like my former Ates (elder sister) and Kuyas (elder brother) from Childhope. I want street kids to know that life does get better if you keep your head up and work hard enough,” said Isko.

‘SHARING KINDNESS’

The street kids’ dreams live on. And with your support, more and more street children can be like Isko --- already living stories of success, hope, and inspiration.

We encourage you to be part of our street education program, by giving back in the best way you can. There are a lot of opportunities to share the kindness --- you can donate and help us fund and sustain our programs; you can help us with in-kind donations; and you can volunteer to share your time, talents, and skills to hone the street children.

By sharing the kindness, you can be part of a meaningful journey of transforming the lives of street children. Why wait? The time is now.

WATCH the full story in this link: https://youtu.be/LGvwrqf5C1Q

 

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In its unrelenting mission to be of service to marginalized street children and youth, Childhope Philippines embarks on a new milestone by bringing its Alternative Education or Alt Ed sessions online. In doing so, we reach out to these vulnerable groups to bridge the gap in technology access to provide continuous learning opportunities for them. More than 300 of its beneficiaries will be able to participate in these learning sessions conducted by the organization's dedicated street educators.

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on child’s education

Based on the research done by Unicef, almost 90% of the world’s countries have shut their schools in efforts to slow the transmission of COVID-19. For most of these students, school closures are temporary; they have access to quality education and distance learning; and their education and ambitions for the future will continue after the crisis. The research shows 1.6 billion children in developing countries may never go back to the classroom.

Right now, children in the Philippines’ vulnerable communities are not able to access quality education and distance learning opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic will disproportionately affect these children now and for years to come.

How Childhope Philippines is responding

Childhope Philippines is adapting their work to make sure street children and youth beneficiaries can continue learning during the pandemic and return to school as soon as it’s safe.

ChildhopePh’s street educators are providing digital learning solutions to children in street situations. ChildhopePh develops and provides distance learning sessions as part of alternative education modules guided by street educators. In response to COVID-19, their lessons are now available to children and youth beneficiaries online and they are training teachers to deliver interactive sessions from a distance. Focus group discussion also conducted after every session via online group video call – to generate insights in order to improve a child’s perception, encourage child participation, and enhance learning materials.

To get a glimpse of the activities, you may visit the following: 

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/HopeOrgPh
Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/ChildhopeAsiaPhilippines/

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You can help.

Your gift today helps street children in Manila learn during and after this crisis — from increasing access to distance learning to shaping the global response to education.

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Since 2018, Childhope Philippines has been helping students from needy families living in streets of Metro Manila with backpacks & school supplies through our EduKit Project. This project aims to help struggling parents cope with one of the most expensive responsibilities they face every school year. Buying new school supplies has been a burden to many of them & the majority of the poor families we help find these school expenses overwhelming.

This is the reason why we give away several numbers of notebooks, a complete set of writing materials, and a school bag — so that the parents don’t need to burden themselves anymore with additional expenses as the school year approaches.

This year’s distribution is made possible by SM Foundation which we were able to distribute EduKits to 300 street children on Saturday, June 06, 2020. Most of the recipients of this year's distribution were the children under the Educational Assistance Program.

“Giving of these school supplies was meant to motivate pupils and parents to continue the schooling of their children,” said Ms. Salen, Childhope Street Education Program Manager.

The Resource Mobilization and Communication Team led the distribution of 300 sets assisted by Melchor Amante, a street educator, and the parent and youth leaders in all areas where Childhope conducts their program.

Aside from the giving of materials, children and parents also received food packs sponsored by Taiwan Fund For Children and Families.

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In partnership with two child-centered organizations, Bahay Tuluyan, and Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry, Inc. (Kanlungan), ASMAE – Association Seour Emmanuel Philippines, Inc. (ASMAE Philippines) conducted the Youth Peer Advocates Training from December 18 to December 21, 2019, in the Communication Foundation for Asia in Sta. Mesa Manila. The training was participated in by 25 youth leaders ages 15 to 19, of which 12 were males and 13 were females.

The 4-day training aims to enhance the capacities of selected youth leaders in educating other children and youth in their respective communities about children’s rights and other important topics that are vital in their development. The four-day training has two important components: (1) the session on four thematic issues which include climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management, children’s rights, reproductive health, and gender concepts, and (2) the series of workshops on leadership skills and facilitation. Experts and experienced individuals were invited to present, discuss, and facilitate the sessions.

The training utilized interactive discussion and motivational activities that ensured the optimum experience and learnings of the participants. In the training, participants were able to deliver various outputs such as the identification of leadership values, learnings on the personal resources on facilitation, sample training modules, and the actual demonstrations of the groups’ respective learning sessions.

In the end, the participants have appreciated the activities and the facilitators that they were able to demonstrate remarkable improvements in their scores at the pre-test and the post-test. It is impressive that 100% of the participants showed improvements on their pre and post-tests where 23 out of the 24 participants registered scores more than 13 points compared to the result of the pre-test where only 4 participants generated scores higher than 13.

The training also received positive feedback from the participants as reflected in the Evaluation Survey. All of the participants agreed that the training is successful as it was able to meet their expectations. All in all, the training received a satisfaction rating of 9.3% (10 being the highest) from the youth participants.

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Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc

Location: Manila, N/A - Philippines
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Twitter: @ChildhopePH
Project Leader:
Mylene Lagman
Resource Mobilization and Communications Manager
Manila, N/A Philippines
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