Poverty disadvantages the poor. As many as 1.7 million Filipino children in the 7-12 age brackets are out of school, mostly coming from the poorest provinces in Mindanao.
“Although public elementary education is free, school-related expenses like transportation fare, snacks, lunch, school supplies, and other materials are beyond the financial capabilities of the poor,” says UNESCO.
For every 100 Filipino schoolchildren enrolled each year, 66 will complete elementary education and 42 high school. Only 14 will earn a college degree.
The UN Declaration of the Rights of a Child, Principle 7 says, “The child is entitled to receive education.” However, many children of poor families in Mindanao are not able to go to elementary school. WIMLER tries to help through our Send a Child to School Program.