Babina Monare Badjao Learning Center
Literacy rates among the Badjao in the Philippines are below 10%. And, fewer than 20% of all Badjao children are enrolled in school.
Our learning center targets these marginalized children who otherwise would be found begging in the streets of Davao City.
As funding becomes available, children who attend our learning center are eligible to become a part of the Child Sponsorship Program to attend a local elementary school.
What’s needed is a concerted effort across all sectors to improve opportunities and create better life chances for the Badjao.
Our long-term commitment is to provide access to school for all Badjao children, so that each one may have a chance to realize their educational goals.
While our learning center provides children with the basic building blocks of reading, writing and math, this is only a stepping stone which prepares them for further schooling. We eventually hope to enroll every Badjao child in the Davao region in the public school system.
Most of the children do not have records of birth and an affidavit in lieu of birth certificate is required before enrolling in public school. We assist the children in acquiring the necessary paperwork and assign them a birth date based on interviews with the parents.
Once enrolled in public school the initial amount needed to purchase uniforms, shoes, books, paper, pencils and miscellaneous other school supplies for a student averages between $15 and $25 depending on the grade level of the child.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please go to our contact page and request more information.