School student’s anxiety rises over their educational plan for 2020/2021.
Life for our beneficiaries is unimaginably difficult; they are the poorest of the poor, the dispossessed and powerless, they live in overcrowded crumbling houses or in shanties built on top of a toxic waste dump. Families live without the use of running water or the ability for social distancing which puts them most at risk.
Pre covid, our Education and Mentoring programme supported children through school, college and universities. Small clusters of students were grouped together and supported by a parent volunteer who monitored their attendance and grades and was on hand to give them support and advice. We have adapted our education programme to fit into the “new normal” and the government’s new protocols.
Students were informed that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, schools would close until further notice. On May 26th 2020 President Rodrigo Roa Duerte announced that children will not be allowed to return to school until a coronavirus vaccine is available.
The opportunity of an education means everything to our students, and they understand that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty that they find themselves trapped in. Being part of our school system provides them with knowledge and a support group but most important of all, hope for their future.
We set up a helpline for our students to call our team. Our social workers and teachers have been systematically contacting students through home visits and messages via our parent volunteers.
The Department of Education has announced a four-prong approach to learning with online learning as the preferred method. Our students are unable to continue their education this year without electronic devises.
Our teachers have organised a second hand smartphone and tablet collection which will enable our students to continue learning online. Our teachers are on hand to tutor and teach classes through zoom and other video applications. For more information on our Phones for Futures Campaign https://www.p-c-f.org/phones-for-futures/
Can you give a child the gift of education for just £20 a month?
The children face multiple obstacles, cope with challenges many adults would struggle to overcome but when they are given the support they so desperately need, they achieve the impossible through sheer hard work and dedication. A monthly donation of £20 will provide a child:
- A weekly food parcel, packed lunch or meal in our kitchen
- Data for their smartphone for online learning
- A safe place to do their homework in our centres
- Extra tutorial classes, our tutors are allowed to provide this service house to house
- Access to our counsellors
We are practising a 2-metre social distancing in all of our activities
What You Can Expect
You will be able to keep track of your child’s progress, and watch their lives develop on a regular basis. Over the course of a year you will receive their school report, photographs and a letter from your child. We will email you when the reports, photos and letter have been uploaded to our sponsorship system so that you can access them or we can post them to you.
How to Support the Education Programme
We cannot do this without YOU, please help today by sponsoring a child into education and change their lives. Thank you.