Children's rights

The mother and the unborn child

Early years

Primary school years




© UNICEF Philippines/2008/Francia
Students from Central Mindanao greet visiting UN delegates with colorful flags.

  • There are approximately 10 million young people (12-17 years old) in the Philippines.
  • 4 out of 10 children (12-15 years old) are not in school.
  • 6 out of 10 children entering first year reach and complete the fourth year.
  • The number of working children (15 and above) increased.

Roughly 3 million children (12-15 years old) are not taking secondary education. The net enrolment ratio in public secondary education in 2002 was only 57%. Almost 60% of those who enter high school reach and complete the last year.






Relevant statistics

Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate
Male 94%
Female 95%

Net secondary school enrolment ratio
Male 55%
Female 66%
State of the World’s Children Report
UNICEF, 2009


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