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OWF FUNDS STREET EDUCATION PROGRAMME IN THE PHILIPPINES

The OneWorld Foundation (OWF) is expanding its charity work to yet another country! There are hundreds of children, wandering the streets around the city of Manila in the Philippines who need care, support and education. To help solve this problem, the OWF established a partnership with ChildHope Philippines so their Street Education Programme could continue.
This programme allows the children living on the streets to participate in free classes on essential topics. The street classes are made possible thanks to the Mobile Education Vans (MEVs), which travel the city streets and provide children with an interactive learning system through multimedia presentations, movies, storytelling, games, workshops, group discussions and counselling. The sessions are often held in public parks, churchyards, sidewalks, parking lots, and warehouses. More than 800 children already took part in the initiative.

The MEV sessions focus on children's rights; setting goals; the importance of education; effects of drugs; health and proper hygiene; leadership; care and respect for others; honesty and integrity; friendship; giving and sharing; commitment; forgiveness; environmental awareness; sexuality. Some of the movies used for discussions are “Makatao ang Sigay”, “Up”, “Karate Kid”, “Jose Rizal: To My Fellow Child”, “El Nino”, different documentaries on nature, drugs, abortion, etc. Through the class sessions, children are taught to become aware of and better understand their own rights, with a particular emphasis on child abuse through movies such as “Daughter: A Story of Incest” and “The Good Boy”, for example. There are also classes about Substance Abuse Prevention Education (SAPE) and Personal Safety and Protective Behavior (PSPB). Reading, writing and mathematics are taught with ETV shows like Mathinik and Epol Apple.

The acquired knowledge and skills help the children develop positive changes in their behavior and attitudes. It is amazing to see the impact these street classes are achieving as many of the children express willingness to be referred to recovery/rehabilitation centers, even though they were unwilling to prior after their regular participation in the MEV sessions. The MEV counseling sessions develop values in children and help them set life goals and work to achieve them.

Since sessions are often held in areas open to the public, the MEVs serve as an instrument to advertise and advocate for a positive changes that prevent children from living on the street. More and more people are becoming aware of the sad situation and are able to work toward improving children's rights protection.

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