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One of the most pressing issues in the Philippines is the correlation between poverty and the increasing educational dropout rate. Statistics from the Department of Education (DepEd) show that the number of students aged 6-15 who have dropped out or never attended school stands at 5.6 million – twice the number of residents (2.68 million) living in Quezon City, the largest political unit in Manila. Of those attending school, 40% between the ages of 12 and 15 failed to enroll in secondary school. At this rate, within the next decade, the country will have millions of low-skilled workers who are unable to meet the technical requirements of 21st century jobs.  

Project Philippines '13 (PP13) will address the lack of continuity in underprivileged youth education by building relationships among different stakeholders in Cebu's community. We would like to create a program that shows underprivileged youth that there are people who want to help them better their lives. In working with local high school students and a non-profit organization that builds communities for families who have been displaced from their homes due to financial circumstances, we will: 

  • Foster connections between educational institutions and less-privileged communities by creating and implementing a tutor/mentorship program between the local high school students and the youth in Gawad Kalinga.
  • Create a network of support for youth with limited access to educational resources and peer groups.
  • Strengthen Gawad Kalinga youth's confidence in the power of continuing their education to at least the secondary level. 

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