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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesSaturday, May 16, 2009
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NegOr child laborers
freed through education


Some 6,000 children who are considered child laborers in the cities of Mabinay, Bais and Bayawan in Negros Oriental have been provided an education through the ABK2 Initiative, a special project for combating child labor problem in the country.

These children were previously engaged in the worst forms of child labor such as sugarcane plantation/commercial agriculture, deep-sea fishing, domestic work, commercial sexual exploitation before they availed the ABK phase 2 initiative project which stands for Pag-aaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan.

In a Kapihan sa PIA forum Thursday, Christian Children’s Fund provincial education officer Claire Du said that, of the total 6,000 children beneficiaries, 3,000 are from Bayawan; and 1,500 from Mabinay and Bais. They are children aged 5 to 17 years who are supposed to be in school but are already working, Du said.

The CCF and World Vision has organized remedial classes in Science, Math, and English for slow learners and provided supplemental materials for Alternative Learning System Classes and Learning Resource Center for these children.

ABK2 project director Daphne Culanag said the ABK2 eyes education as a primary and important tool to extricate children from situations or workplaces that continuously expose them to various hazards that take a toll on their general well-being.  Project ABK aims to provide access to formal education which can help answer the needs of child laborers.*RG



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