Provide Protection Through an Education Program

by Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc
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Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Actual use of KalyEskwela to attend online classes
Actual use of KalyEskwela to attend online classes

MANILA, Philippines - The shift in the quarantine status from Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) opens more income opportunities to most of the parents of our street children beneficiaries who were engaged in street work or activities.

Based on the guidelines in GCQ, 18 years old to 65 years old are allowed to go out of their houses, and 20-30% reopening of business establishments, wherein there are also an increase in the number of essential workers to be allowed.

Gradually, the street parents are able to support the needs of their families including their daily subsistence. Some of them can even save part of their income for the educational needs of their children whose enrolled in a formal school and for the health and emergency needs such as if there’s a member of the family get sick.

Reciprocate for street parents who are still out of work, they are hopeful that they are able to find a profitable and good-paying job for the succeeding months. Hence, these street parents looking forward for the continuous relief assistance of Childhope Philippines for them to survive.      

Still children, 17 years old and below, are constrained to go out of their communities under the guidelines of GCQ. This is to protect them from up numbering cases of COVID virus transmission in the city. Parents saw this as a good opportunity for children to focus on their online classes and in answering their modules. Hence, majority of children continually expressed their difficulties in understanding their lessons. There is still no clear plan for children to get vaccinated, parents and children are hoping for face to face classes the next school year.

How Childhope Philippines helped their street children in formal school?

Through the continuous support of individual or group partners, Childhope Philippines able to support their street children beneficiaries and able to address the educational needs of their clientele.

  1. KalyEskwela Mobile Community Learning Hub (KMCLH) The KMCLH provided the street children beneficiaries access to the new learning technologies and gradually adapting to the new normal learning system at this pandemic time. Street children are free to use the mobile tablets and free access to internet equipped inside the KalyEskwela van for them to attend their online classes. The guidance of the street educators is helpful to beneficiaries in responding to their school related concerns. Only ten out of sixty target participants availed of the services of the mobile learning hub since children who are below 15 years old are still not allowed to go out even under the GCQ. Only street children beneficiaries from Luneta Area has a venue for the mobile learning hub but in some areas, which prohibits the children to go out, parents are only accessible to do research work of their children or printing out of modules on behalf of their children.
  2. School supplies distribution. A total of 147 street children received school supplies during the distribution last May 29 in different respective areas. In some areas where the child could not go out due to quarantine restrictions, the parents/guardian were the ones who received the supplies. Accordingly, the supplies will be used on their online and modular classes. Likewise, for face to face classes soon as the pandemic is over. The school supplies provide motivation for the children to go on with their studies since they have educational materials to use on their classes and at the same time help those families who do not have financial resources to provide for the educational needs of their children especially in these trying times.
  3. Online Alternative Education Sessions. 53 out of the 60 target participants attended and participated in online alternative education sessions on Skills for Life, Life Skill Life Goal Planning, Gender Sensitivity, Teenage Pregnancy and Adolescent Reproductive Health. These sessions provided understanding of one’s gender, becoming socially responsible teenager by managing his/her negative emotions and stress, and by making use of goal setting, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in crisis situation.

Childhope Philippines has an all-inclusive street education program in Metro Manila. It provides for basic but urgent needs to support and ensure the continuous and holistic learning and development of its street children participants.

To sustain its street education program and advocacy, Childhope Philippines commits to continue raising funds, calling for donations and forming partnerships with different stakeholders. To help our noble cause for street children, you can donate today!

Street children happily received school supplies
Street children happily received school supplies
Photo op after online educational session
Photo op after online educational session
Online educational session on Skills for Life.
Online educational session on Skills for Life.
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Benjie, 18, has been trying to learn his lessons on his own since classes started in October amid a coronavirus pandemic. This Grade 10 student from Araullo High School Manila self-learning convenient in the absence of classroom noise and other distractions. But he finds it more difficult to understand the complex of his lessons without a proper tool to study.

In the Philippines, a “blended learning” program involving online classes, printed materials and lessons broadcast on television and social media was launched in October, four months after the school was supposed to start. It has been overwhelmed with problems because of most the students in the Philippines do not have a computer, mobile gadgets or internet at home. Like many poor children, Benjie has no gadgets and internet for his shuttered school’s online lessons.

Benjie is a street youth lives in the streets of Manila together with his mom who is a street vendor. He has one sibling, both of them are studying online. His mother’s income as a street vendor compelled to buy food only in a day.

Php250.00 lang kinikita ng akin nanay mula kanya pagtitinda sa kalsada. At sakto lang ito para sa pambili ng amin kakain sa loob ng isang araw” (“My mother only earns Php250.00 from selling on the street. And it's just right for us to buy food for a day) Benjie explained.

With a minimum income, Benjie admits his mother cannot afford to buy them gadgets nor can’t secure to pay for internet for their online classes.

During his first month of online learning classes, Benjie borrows a cellphone from his fellow youngsters on the street to attend his online classes and secretly goes under the train station so that he can connect to public wifi.

Dahil bawal pa lumabas ang bata, patago kami na pumupunta sa ilalim ng LRT station para duon kami maka connect ng internet. Nagtatago na lang kami sa tuwing mayroon may dadaan pulis o barangay officials’ para hindi kami mahuli” (Since the children are not allowed to go outside yet, we secretly go under the LRT station so that we can connect to the internet there. We just hid whenever there were police or barangay officials passing by so that we would not be caught) Benjie added.

Benjie always takes risks everyday just to avoid being absent from his online classes and he can pass all the needed online requirements to his teachers.

To help continue street children’s education despite the pandemic.

It’s no secret that remote learning poses a lot challenges for many Filipino students. Especially, considering street children and homeless youth continue to struggle to access basic education services. Additional to their burden, buying laptop, computer, or even a tablet or mobile phone plus securing an internet connection to aren’t something that all parents can easily do for their children because many of them lost their livelihoods due to current pandemic.

Like Benjie, came from disadvantaged family, aside from having a hard time looking some ways to eat on a daily basis, he also struggling on how he will pursue his education now. His family is in dire need about how to sustain their education.

Sobrang hirap ng kalagayan namin ngayon. Mahirap para sa amin mga mahihirap dahil wala kami gadget o perang para makabili. Parang nakalimutan na kami ng gobyerno natin na tulungan kami. Pero kailangan ko talaga magsakripisyo ngayon. Ayaw ko tumigil sa aking pag aaral. Nakakahanap naman ako ng paraan para maka attend ng aking klase.” (Our situation is very difficult now. It’s hard for us poor because we don’t have a gadget or the money to buy it. Our government seems to have forgotten to help us. But I really have to sacrifice now. I don’t want to stop my studies. I will find ways just to attend my class and finish it) Benjie said.

Fortunately, Benjie is an active beneficiary of Childhope Philippines. That's why when he found out that the organization was going to launch a new project, “KalyEskwela Mobile Community Learning Hub”, he was very happy. He is one of the beneficiaries who regular utilize the use the KalyEskwela Mobile Community Learning Hub. He no longer has to worry about where to borrow a cellphone or tablet and connect to the internet because he has free access to gadgets and the internet using the KalyEskwela.

Sobrang laki ng tulong ng KalyEskwela dahil meron na akong nagagamit na gadget upang ako ay maka attend ng sa akin online classes ng sa ganyon mapag patuloy ko ang aking pag aaral.” (KalyEskwela has helped me a lot because I already have a gadget that I can use so that I can attend my online classes every day and I can continue my studies.) Benjie commended.

Aside from the free use of tablets and the internet, the free printing of his learning modules is also a big help to Benjie. He doesn't have to worry about where to print his modules at school. According to him, they save a lot of money here. And whenever he has a misunderstood lesson from his online classes he asks for help from his street educators who are always there to guide them whenever there is a KalyEskwela session in their area.

Napakagandang tulong nito para sa amin mga kabataan lalo na para sa amin mga magulang. Marami magulang ng mga batang kalye ang nawalan ng hanapbuhay o pinagkakakitaan dahil sa nangyayaring pandemiya ngayon. Sapat lang ang kinikita namin ngayon at pantawid gutom na lang namin ito. Dahil sa KalyEskwela, nakaka iwas na kami sa gastusin. Hindi na naming iniisip kung saan at papaano kami makaka bili ng load dahil may libreng internet na sa KalyEskwela. Pati na rin ang libreng paprint nila ng amin modules ay sobrang laking ginhawa na rin para sa amin. Imbes na pangprint, binibili na lang naming ito ng pagkain.” (It is a great help for us youngsters especially for our parents. Many parents of street children have lost their livelihoods due to the current pandemic. We only earn enough now to buy foods. But thanks to Childhope’s KalyEskwela, we are able to avoid school expenses. We no longer think about where and how we can get mobile loads because there’s a free internet at KalyEskwela. As well as the free printing of modules is a huge convenience as well for us.) Benjie said.

Hindi rin kami pinapabayaan ng mga street educators. Sa tuwing mayroon kami hindi maintindihan sa amin online classes ay mabilis namin sila nalalapitan at tinuturuan kami ng maayos.” (Neither did the street educators never neglect us. Whenever we cannot understand our lessons we just simply approach them and teach us properly.) Benjie added.

Dasal na lang namin ay sana magtuloy-tuloy ang KalyEskwela hanggang sa matapos ang pandemiya at makabalik kami sa school”. (We just pray that KalyEskwela will continue until the pandemic is over and we can go back to school.) Benjie concluded.

Street kids able to attend their online classes
Street kids able to attend their online classes
Educational equipment inside the Kalyeskwela MCLH
Educational equipment inside the Kalyeskwela MCLH
Actual operation of KalyEskwela in Lawton, Manila.
Actual operation of KalyEskwela in Lawton, Manila.
Street kids from airport area in Manila using KMCL
Street kids from airport area in Manila using KMCL
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Junel, 8, enjoyed attending the KaEskwela session.
Junel, 8, enjoyed attending the KaEskwela session.

Little Hands: Isko with UNICEF, a volunteer organization in aid of UNICEF Philippines, together with Childhope Philippines collaborated to promote primary healthcare education to street children and youth of Metro Manila.

Dubbed as “E-Skwela Series Project” where we teach Filipino children the importance of learning about chosen health and hygiene topics. This partnership aims to give access to the youths about these basic health-related matters that will surely empower and improve their states of life.

E-skwela Series is a digital counterpart of the “KalyEskwela'' program of Childhope Philippines to bridge the widening educational inequalities caused by the pandemic through the posting of learning materials. Learning materials will tackle health and hygiene-related topics suitable to young audiences particularly proper hand washing, vaccination, dental hygiene, nutrition, and proper grooming.

Week 1: Dental hygiene is one of the most basic, yet often overlooked aspects of an individual’s well- being. In our country, oral health conditions continue to be widespread especially among Filipino children. Data from the Department of Health (2019) shows that 97.1% of six-year- old children from public elementary schools suffer from tooth decay, while 78% of Filipinos in general suffer from gum diseases. Numbers such as these only show how seriously oral health issues need to be addressed, and why dental hygiene is a cause that needs to be crucially advocated.

Week 2: Proper nutrition and healthy balance food intake is one of our basic needs and it begins from childhood. Nutritional care is the core for a child's capacity to survive and thrive. Having the right nourishment protects us and the children against infections and diseases such as the pandemic we are facing right now. To simply put it, good nutrition saves lives and we should take it by heart.

Week 3: It is crucial that the basics of proper hygiene be established at an early age to teach children how to keep themselves clean and safe from diseases caused by bacteria. This is especially relevant now that we are under a global public health crisis where sanitation and hygiene should be of utmost importance to protect ourselves against the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, proper grooming would help children boost their confidence and self-esteem. Developing good hygiene habits and proper grooming would make children feel good about themselves and how they look, thus helping them develop a positive body image.

Week 4: Now more than ever, it is important to understand the public health benefits of vaccination. Ever since the first discovery of vaccines, it has helped in preventing the spread of diseases. Vaccines build our body's natural immunity and protect us from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated will not only protect ourselves but the people around us, particularly the most vulnerable. Thus, by educating the public about the importance of vaccination, along with the recommended safety measures such as wearing masks and social distancing, may help in saving lives and hopefully overcome the pandemic.

As an organization that pushes forth the rights of every Filipino child, we highly encourage everyone to assist and partake with us in this cause. You can help by simply checking out this post, reacting to it, and sharing it to your friends so that we will be able to reach those that are in desperate need of this help.

To learn more about this program, visit Childhope Philippines. Let us be advocates of health education by spreading awareness through reacting, sharing, and staying up-to-date with their posts. 

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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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Location: Manila, N/A - Philippines
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