VICIOUS CYCLE OF CHILDREN IN POVERTY
Impoverished children across the Philippines desperately want to succeed at school, but many do not have the skills or family support to stay in school. Without an education, an impoverished child will almost certainly remain in poverty for the rest of their life.
- Every year a child spends in school reduces their chance of living in poverty, but nearly half of poor Filipino children do not graduate from elementary school
- The chronic stress of providing food and housing leaves parents feeling ill-equipped to support their child
ICM's Family Academy takes a two-generational approach to early education over an eight-month program. A personal coach, educational supplies and training empower parents to become their child's first teachers through a math and phonics curriculum.
Through home teaching visits twice a week, along with a Values, Health and Livelihood curriculum for parents, Family Academy gives children a great start to their academic life by preparing them to enter the public school system. Invested and engaged from the very beginning of their child's learning, parents encourage their children to start and remain in school.