Education for Inclusive Well-Being of Indigenous B’laan Children
Pursuing holistic well-being and equitable education
Strengthening Education and the Community
The provision of the basic learning needs for all Filipinos is no longer the sole responsibility of the Department of Education due to the Philippine Government’s Education For All (EFA) 2015 National Plan of Action. This means it is up to the organizations and people to ensure their children are educated. World Hope International joined a school in the southern region of the Philippines to do just that amongst the indigenous B’laan tribe. Through means of several projects, they are achieving a well-rounded education for disadvantaged students.
Taking a holistic approach to enrich the lives of indigenous children, there are many ways in which the team is working to promote education, social skills, access to water, and spiritual and emotional growth. Through child sponsorship, extracurricular activities, and clubs, children have been empowered to better their social standings and create a better life for themselves.
In 2018, Sponsored Children became “School Ambassadors”. School Ambassadors are students who are showing good academic performance, improved learning outcomes, and holistic well-being. School ambassadors are representative of the success that follows child sponsorship.
Youth participation in school events (school clubs, retreats, camps and special activities) is encouraged for emotional, social, spiritual and leadership development in girls and boys of school age. Through these they are educated on sexual reproductive health, gender-based violence, human trafficking, and the effect of drugs on youth. All of these things lead to more informed life decisions being made by the students, and, therefore, less perpetual poverty.
By providing child rights education and capacity building to students, teachers and Parents-Teachers-Community Association and the general community, there is also reduced discrimination against Indigenous People.
- Inclusive and holistic development and well-being of children age 3-18
- Improved life skills and advocacy skills for boys and girls
- Reduced discrimination against Indigenous People
- Strengthened leadership and management capacity of the Parents-Teachers-Community Association
Program, it was very impossible for me to finish my studies…. I’ve learned
a lot of lessons, academically and spiritually… The biggest impact of the Child Sponsorship Program in my life is how I’ve reached my goals of success
thank to the financial assistance program.”
Celebrating the Impact
girls promoted to the next grade in 2019
boys promoted to the next grade in 2019
students attended math & science club in 2019
How It Works
Boys and girls of primary and secondary school age from disadvantaged families are supported to access free, quality education.
The school is in the process of reforming and strengthening its systems, structures, and management to make it the best school that it can be. They aim to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Through this pursuit they are providing a good education to the disadvantaged and Indigenous people of the region and, therefore, reducing existing inequalities.
Funding is provided by World Hope International, private partners, and even by fundraisers put on by the school. During the Children’s Festival of 2019, the Parent-Teachers-Community-Association raised $1,000 USD for the school to build up more programs to better aid its students.