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Caritas Philippines pilots community schooling program

Caritas Philippines pilots community schooling program

By CBCP News

May 2, 2022

Manila, Philippines

Caritas Philippines has recently launched the pilot implementation of its “community schooling program” for young adults and out-of-school youth.

Its national director Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo said the initiative aims to give the beneficiaries “better access to quality basic education and stable employment”.

The national Caritas recently signed an agreement for the program’s implementation with Magna Anima Teachers’ College, Unilab Foundation, Center for Integrated STEM Education, and the Novaliches diocese.

“It is important for us at Caritas Philippines to concretely put into practice the advocacies that we espouse like advancing labor rights in the country,” said its executive secretary Fr. Tony Labiao.

Fr. Tito Caluag, Caritas Philippines consultant for development programs, said the initiative also aims “to respond to the growing unemployment and underemployment problems in the country, hurting the impoverished families more.”

He said it “will capacitate the scholars on industry-standard technical and soft skills to prepare for internship and gainful employment.”

Aside from the community schooling program, Caritas Philippines is also implementing an educational assistance program for “academically challenged” students, family feeding program, and the capacity-building programs at the Caritas Philippines Academy.

The Church’s humanitarian and development arm allotted P44 million this year for the programs to upscale the capacities of the youth and young adults, through the various Alay Kapwa Legacy Stewardship Programs.

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