to school, to us and our kids, means waking up early in the
morning, donning a uniform, taking a quick breakfast, waiting
for the school “service”, and staying inside the
school six or more hours a day from Monday to Friday.
But out of almost
20 million children enrolled in public elementary and secondary
schools today, roughly 2 million children drop out and fail
to continue school, even if public education in the Philippines
public schools are struggling.
Big classes. Small rooms. Limited textbooks.
Outside the school,
children of poor families are worst off. Other than school
homework, they also have to work. Children like Angelo, 15,
have to earn a living. He wakes up at 3 a.m. to cook bread
at a nearby bakeshop. He barely has time for rest and thus
often misses classes or arrives late in school. When the bakeshop
closed down, he almost dropped out of school because he needed
to find work.
At the San Francisco
High School in Quezon City, his teachers enrolled him in the
Department of Education’s Project EASE (Effective and
Affordable Secondary Education). Project EASE is for students
who cannot attend class regularly due to personal or financial
woes. Students are given “take home” learning
modules and advised to attend school once or twice a week
for their “face-to-face” sessions with a properly-trained
supports alternative programs like Project EASE.
Help us fund other ways to educate our children.