Why we need to act now
11.6 million Filipinos ages 6 to 21 years old are out of school, 3.94 million belong to 12 to 15 years old. One in every three school-age Filipinos is out-of-school.
Philippines has one of the biggest number of out-of-school children in Southeast Asia, higher even than Vietnam and Indonesia in both absolute number and relative terms.
2.5 million IP children live in remote areas where public schools offer limited services. These children are unable to access education that is relevant or responsive to their own culture (Basic Education Curriculum rev. 2004), which now makes them at-risk of dropping-out of school.
In the Philippines, 60,000 to 100,000 children are trafficked annually (through both cross-border and international trafficking), and most of these girls are to be sexually exploited. The Philippines also ranks fourth in the world in terms of countries with the highest number of prostituted children.
The number of HIV/AIDS cases among 15-24 years olds nearly tripled from 41 in 2007 to 110 in 2008 (DOH: HIV/AIDS monthly report, September 16, 2009). Philippines is one of the only 7 countries with increasing HIV-AIDS cases (UNAIDS 2010)
How we do it
AAMFY together with partner agencies establish self sustaining Centers for Development (CFD) which provide literacy, health and livelihood opportunities to the vulnerable and at-risk young people ages 15 to 24 living in marginalized communities. Each CFD is designed to be applicable, sustainable & scalable.
The CFD literacy program has 3 components: (1) DepEd Alternative Learning System Accreditation & Equivalency (ALS A&E) which allows Out of School Youths (OSY’s) to gain a high school diploma after finishing the 8 month program and passing the final exam (2) Life Skills Program using rights based approach with Financial Literacy lessons (3)Documentary videos as teaching tools.
Community 2d world is a livelihood program for young people practicing fair trade principle geared towards producing world class products utilizing unique, locally sourced raw materials under the technical guidance of competent designers and entrepreneurs.
AAMFY as the official partner of the Department of Health (DOH) and Commission on Population (Popcom) in the nationwide implementation of the WHO endorsed National Standards for Adolescent Health is working towards a comprehensive provision of youth sensitive health services in each CFD.