Education is the key to a brighter future. The children we serve aspire to finish their studies, but poverty and lack of resources often hinder them from doing so. World Vision works closely with children, families, community members, the local and national government, and private partners to provide better facilities and programs that would allow children to have better access to education.
Through collaborative efforts with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and other partner organizations and local government units, World Vision’s education interventions were able to directly reach 55,226 children in 2018.
World Vision believes that children can excel in their studies and extracurricular activities when they receive ample support and encouragement from their families, schools, and communities. This is why we organize after-school literacy activities to further enhance children’s basic reading, writing, and numerical skills and complement their lessons in school. Currently, there are 15,231 children who actively take part in these activities.
Furthermore, we work with teachers, parents, and guardians so they are fully involved in children’s literacy development. This year, World Vision trained 3,606 parents and caregivers on literacy support and 2,291 day-care and elementary school teachers on learner-centered approaches.
THE JOY OF LEARNING
For best friends and class topnotchers Kent, Cyrus, and Christian, moving up day is an opportunity to make their parents proud. “Father is always tired from driving big trucks but I never heard him say no whenever I need something for school. When I grow up and become an engineer, I’ll make sure he gets the rest he needs. For now, I want to make him and mama smile by being the top student in class,” says Kent.
Aside from their families, Kent, Cyrus and Christian draw inspiration from their sponsors. In 2015, World Vision started working in their community in Bukidnon, primarily to help empower families to provide for their children and eventually combat child labor. Through generous sponsors, World Vision started to implement programs on health and nutrition, education and economic development, catering to at least 4,000 families in four barangays. In the months that followed, Kent, Cyrus and Christian each had their own sponsors.
While they are still years from becoming successful engineers, the boys are determined to never lose sight of their goal not only for themselves but more importantly, for the people who, despite all the challenges, allow them to get closer to their dreams.
“I’m happy I get to make my parents happy by being a good student. I hope my sponsor is also happy,” ends Christian. READ FULL STORY