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CCF Presents Child Friendly Schools at Congressional Briefing


 Image of two girls in the Philippines giving a presentation on the environment
In the Philippines, two young girls give a presentation on the environment to their class.


CCF raised its visibility on Capitol Hill recently when Gilberto Mendez, Senior Program

Specialist of Education, addressed a wide range of participants from congressional offices and major non-governmental organizations at the Basic Education Coalition’s briefing.

Mendez's goal was to raise awareness of Child Friendly Schools in the Philippines.  Mendez talked about CCF’s achievements there:

  • 40 percent improvement of school facilities in CCF program areas
  • 300 teachers trained on active learning and curriculum enrichment
  • Organization of student governments and child advocate groups in 100 percent of schools where we work
  • 100 percent of schools now have child protection committees

Mendez also discussed the challenges CCF faces including how to: reach excluded children; make the schools more accessible and safe; improve the quality of learning experiences and engage and support children in their participation to institutionalize and sustain these efforts.

Mendez believes that CCF’s education programs are on the right path to meeting these challenges.  “CCF focuses on improving the quality of educational services, the learning achievements of children, as well as building the capacity of families, communities and institutions,” Mendez said.

View Gilberto Mendez's PowerPoint Presentation on Child Friendly Schools (PDF) »

Read how the children in the Philippines see education as a human right (PDF) »

Learn more about children’s views on accessing primary education in the Philippines (PDF) »