When I hear the phrase “back-to-school,” I remember the days when I was still a student. The start of the school year means new uniforms, shoes, bags, school supplies, and more. It’s one of the exciting times as a kid, a good motivating factor for going to school.
When I’m older and seeing the realities of life, I’ve come to realize that not everyone can afford new stuff. And this is even more true for those in far flung areas of the country. One of the leading child-focused NGOs in the Philippines, World Vision knows this better, and launches its “Back-to-School” campaign to support Filipino children for the opening of the school year 2021-2022.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the consequences of COVID-19 continue to affect many, especially those living in the most vulnerable conditions. Among those most heavily affected are children, as the pandemic continuously disrupts their learning and development and makes education inaccessible to millions of students nationwide.
Research conducted by World Vision revealed that since 2019, almost three million students have dropped out of school and that five in ten families lacked access to basic education. These problems have only worsened during the pandemic because of the limited avenues to learn. In the absence of face-to-face learning, online or remote methods have become the temporary norm. However, more than 38% of children in far-flung areas cannot take advantage of this medium as they cannot afford the specialized materials required.
In the face of these challenges, World Vision continues to believe that every child has the right to have access to quality education in these trying times through the “Back-to-School” campaign. The campaign hopes to raise enough money to sponsor learning materials for students and highlight the need to create a more meaningful future for them.
“Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, it is inspiring to see a number of most vulnerable children continue to have access to quality education. With your support of World Vision’s Back To School campaign, we can sustain their learning and help them reach their full potential. Together, we can look forward to a bright future,” said Mr. Rommel Fuerte, World Vision National Director.
Last year, World Vision’s “Back-to-School” campaign helped 64,000 children raising funds to provide school kits and printed modules for students in remote areas. This year, with the same mission, World Vision strives to help even more with the campaign’s Celebrity Ambassador Jasmine Curtis Smith and World Vision Advocate Scarlet Snow Belo.
“The pandemic has severely hindered many children’s opportunities to have a good education, but we’re hoping that World Vision’s ‘Back-to-School’ campaign could help them in any way and that everyone can find their reasons to support a child. This is a cause I really believe in, and I stand with World Vision in ensuring that these children reach their full potential through education,” said Jasmine Curtis Smith.
Advocating the World Vision Back-to-School campaign, Jasmine Curtis-Smith recently donated 1,500 children’s books to World Vision to educate kids on using the internet correctly and in a secure manner. The donated books will go to at least a thousand children in Malabon.
Help create a more meaningful future for our children by supporting World Vision’s Back-to-School campaign at https://wvph.co/OfficialPRB2S. For as low as Php 600, you can give students in remote areas the materials they need for their education, including school kits, printed modules, and gadgets for learning.
Let’s support the World Vision Back-to-School campaign and help Filipino children be excited to go to school. Those small motivations come a long way in helping them fulfilling their dreams of a better future. For more information about World Vision and its other initiatives, visit www.worldvision.org.ph or follow World Vision’s official social media pages /worldvisionph on Facebook, @worldvisionphl on Instagram @worldvisionph Twitter.