Join the huddle: How can we provide learning opportunities to marginalized sectors?
MANILA, Philippines – How can we as a community provide more learning opportunities to the marginalized such as the urban poor, working students, out-of-school youth, and indigenous peoples?
A 2018 report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the state of the country's education sector remained problematic. The Multidimensional Poverty Index in the report showed that Filipino families are most deprived in the area of education. (READ: 5 out of 10 Filipino families deprived of basic education – PSA)
The study said that 6 out of 10 families in 2016, and 5 out of 10 families in 2017 were deprived of basic education. (FAST FACTS: What you need to know about the PH education system)
Based on the 2017 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), about 9% of the estimated 39.2 million Filipinos aged 6 to 24 years old were out-of-school children and youth.
Among initiatives that the government pursued to address this problem is the implementation of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) as a practical option to those who cannot access formal education in schools. (READ: Catching up on ALS: Challenges of a 'parallel system')
Meanwhile, the Lumad, especially as they live in far-flung areas and have specific cultural demands, typically thrive in schools adjusted to their tradition compared to formal education schools. This resulted to the rise of Lumad schools dedicated solely for this purpose, applying a curriculum that allows Lumad children to also learn more about their rights, traditions, culture, and heritage. (READ: Who are the Lumad?)
However, the Department of Education recently closed 55 Lumad schools. (READ: DepEd formally shuts down 55 Lumad schools in Davao)
While the government and the education sector have their own roles to play, what can communities do to help address the problem? How can we go beyond giving donations of school supplies?
These are just a few of the questions that the huddle, an action-oriented gathering among students, groups, and advocates, intends to answer.
MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, in partnership with the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Education Student Council will be hosting “Huddle: Beyond the Classroom" on Saturday, October 26, from 1 pm to 5 pm at Lecture Hall 1, School of Statistics, at UP Diliman.
As it goes beyond conversations and raising awareness on issues related to education, it hopes to put focus on identifying possible solutions that participants can pursue to help to the community.
Students, teachers, and interested individuals are encouraged to join this huddle. Click the button below to register or fill up this form.
An email will be sent to confirm reservation to the Huddle.
Aside from the Huddle, MovePH is also doing a series of roadshows around the Philippines to bridge the online gap by bringing the conversation to communities. – Rappler.com