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.

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. Furthermore, we work with teachers, parents, and guardians so they are fully involved in children’s literacy development.

Ensure lifelong learning opportunities for all

• 67,032 children provided with various education support including literacy programs

• 806 children improved their literacy and numeracy performance thru the Tulong-Aral Project in partnership with Petron Corp.

• 122 children completed the tutorial program through the Learning Center Project with ING Bank

• 36 out-of-school children/youth graduated with Level 4 national certification through the Auto Mechanic Training Center (AMTraC) Project in partnership with TESDA and Isuzu

• 28,805 students from 100 schools provided with digital learning tools under the Digital Education Project with ProFuturo that increase student’s motivation, reduce the dropout rate and prepare students with 21st century competencies and skills

• Appointed by the Department of Education as co-lead convener of Brigada Pagbasa, a nationwide program to improve functional literacy among Filipino children

Educating Children for Life

Quality and accessible education opens countless opportunities for children, especially the most vulnerable. Through its education initiatives, World Vision seeks to find balance between cultivating a culture of reading and introducing innovative technology-based learning tools to reignite children’s passion to read, study, and finish school.

In 2019, World Vision, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), launched Brigada Pagbasa, a movement that seeks to enhance the reading skills of the Filipino children.

The project, an extension of the Brigada Eskwela campaign that promotes community participation in time for school opening, brings together experts, changemakers, policymakers, and other stakeholders across all sectors from international and local agencies, as well as public and private organizations to spread reading literacy among Filipino children.

To make this happen, World Vision, together with DepEd, is partnering with the National Library of the Philippines, National Book Development Board, E-Net Philippines, GCash and Rex Bookstore, and have also tapped TV and radio personality Joyce Pring to be the Ambassador for Brigada Pagbasa.

Brigada Pagbasa fully commenced on November 2019 at several communities across the Philippines.

We work hard so that children, especially the most vulnerable, will have:

Equitably access and participate in learning programs
Learn with quality
Be able to complete the learning cycle

We improve access to education

  • Culture of Reading includes components on improving parents’ capacity to care for and support their child’s learning. We promote reading activities to hone children’s reading skills and their love for books.
  • Life Skills Model organizes children in groups to link them with other children their age while developing their skills.
  • Child Protection Advocacy focuses on strengthening the child protection system on both formal and non-formal elements at the community level.
  • ABK3 means Pag-aaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan 3. The initiative seeks to reduce and combat the worst forms of child labor in sugarcane areas through education.


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“Every time I get a letter from the children, natutuwa ako kasi I see their progress. I don’t want them to miss their right to education just because of poverty. I promised that for each achievement I get, I will celebrate by adding more sponsored children. For my fellow OFWs, it is never too late to help. We are given the privilege to earn more. Maybe that “more” is given to you because you are asked to share them with others. A blessing is not a blessing unless you share it.”

-Joanne Rico, World Vision child sponsor

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“One thing that really made me committed [to my sponsored children] is knowing that God does not change His mind when He blesses me, so if He is consistent, what is stopping me from being the same? No one has ever become poor by sharing and giving. I have always felt that I have more than enough and the little amount I can share with a child or two would certainly make a big difference in their lives.”

-Melizza Guiao, World Vision child sponsor

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“I prayed to God to let me be an instrument of love. It really matters that we give what we have and that we support children, their families and communities; that we do not give up on their dreams. Iba ‘yung tumulong tayo sa hindi natin kakilala kasi alam natin na it’s the goodness of the Lord leading us to help these people.”

-Florian Torres, World Vision child sponsor

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“I needed to think less of myself and see where I could give. We always complain about certain things we aren’t happy about in the Philippines. Education for everyone is really something that I can contribute to and not just complain about. It’s my responsibility as a citizen of the Philippines, as a Christian, to share, to return what I feel God has blessed me with or what I feel that my country has given me. The most fulfilling for me would be the times I got a letter from my child. Actually the first time I got a letter, I cried. I was surprised by the emotion it brought out in me.”

-Elyse Pilapil, World Vision child sponsor

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An officer who rose from the ranks and life of  poverty

He is a high-ranking officer of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)- a picture of distinction, confidence and discipline. As the official PCG spokesperson, you may have seen him on television warning the public on an impending danger or calming them after a tragic incident on the Philippine shores.

He is Commander Arman Balilo: a former World Vision sponsored child.

Arman grew up in the slums of Caloocan City, where poverty and misery was the norm. Right after school, he would sell rice cakes to help put food on the table. On other days, he would sell quail eggs and newspapers near the local high school. “Pag di pa kasya yung kinita ko para makakain kaming pamilya, maghahanap pa ako ng scrap gaya ng bote at metal para maibenta ko, pandagdag sa kita,” Arman shares with World Vision.

Arman also recalled the days he would go to Sunday School, “I would attend class shirtless, my face laced with mud. But one day, during what probably was the darkest time in my life, I came across World Vision. Nilapitan ako ng isang WV project staff, inimbita niya kami ng mother ko to know what World Vision is all about, what it can do to help me and my family. I eventually joined the WV Child Sponsorship Program and to make a long story short, it changed my life.”

Suddenly he had opportunity. But Arman knew it wouldn’t be easy. He had to walk some 10 kilometers to and from his high school. Every single day. “Getting to school ws the least of my concerns. While my classmates never had to worry, I couldn’t even afford to buy a single piece of bond paper or find a working typewriter for school projects.”

In college, as his friends partied and splurged on fun and food, Arman had to do with bread and instant noodles during lunch breaks. Instead of giving up, it made Arman even more determined to keep his grades up and earn a college degree. He knew that education was his ticket to a better life.

Today, Commander Armando Balilo a public servant and an inspiration to his loved ones and former poor community,  is blessed with a loving wife and two beautiful daughters. He is also currently sponsoring two children from Palawan.

-Cdr. Armand Balilo, Philippine Coast Guard