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Rizal Province — The United Nations (UN) children’s agency UNICEF joined the Department of Education’s (DepEd’s) “Brigada Eskwela” campaign with a message to ensure that all children enjoy their right to learn.

UNICEF HELPS OUT — UNICEF representatives take part in the Department of Education’s ‘Brigada Eskwela,’ helping out in the repair and cleaning up of the Sampaloc Elementary School in Tanay, Rizal recently. (Courtesy of UNICEF | Manila Bulletin)

The Philippines is one of the top countries in the world with the highest number of out-of-school children. The 2015 Philippine Out-of-School Children Study reveals that there are still 1.2 million out-of-school children ages 5-13 years old. The 2013 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media (FLEMMS) Survey reported 3.8 million out-of-of school children ages 6-24 years old.

UNICEF has been working with government and other partners towards the creation of policies and programs promoting inclusive education. An education system that is inclusive ensures that the diversity of needs of all learners are addressed and exclusion is reduced.

“We appreciate the efforts of the government in advancing inclusive education in the entire school system by increasing the schools’ capacity to respond to diversity. UNICEF will work hand in hand with the government to make sure that learners’ needs are recognized and addressed in the classrooms,” UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander said.

In a clean-up drive in Sampaloc Elementary School, UNICEF’s education experts lead by Chief of Education Hideko Miyagawa joined in the painting and cleaning. The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH), UNICEF’s partner in improving access and learning of disadvantaged learners, also joined.

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