The Mobile School Program primarily aims to provide non-formal education to children coming from the urban poor families of Cebu City who are unable to access the Day-Care Center facilities. It is likewise an intervention program as this would take out street children away from the streets and bring them to a nearby plaza for their daily classes.
Children attending the program are those coming from the depressed areas of the city and are identified by the teaching staff as those who are at risk. Every year, the staff conducts house-to-house visitations and come up with a list of out-of-school children aged 4 to 8 years old. Children who are considered to be potential beneficiaries are street children. Most of the parents of these children are engaged in buying and selling, scavenging, laundering, driving and other low-paying service jobs.
The Mobile School Program maintains no permanent “classroom”. Currently, classes are held at a vacant lot within the compound of the Cebu Business Park – Ayala Cebu. Classes are held from 10 am to 3 pm and runs from Monday to Friday. The children are picked up by two buses from designated areas starting at 9 am and sent back to their places of origin at 3 in the afternoon right after their classes. Due to the big number of children, they are grouped into two teams. One team reports on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Another team attends school every Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In “school”, the teachers employ a lot of interactive teaching-learning methodologies such as games, songs, demonstrations, and story telling. The children also do a lot of writing, drawing, reciting, and interacting with their classmates. A variety of methodologies are used because of the children’s short attention span.
Aside from education, fun and play, food is regularly served to the children during lunch for free.
2. Formal Education
This program supports children who need assistance in acquiring education from elementary, high and college. Currently, there are 2,512 children provided educational assistance which includes school fees, uniform, supplies and transportation allowance.
3.Vocational Skills Training
Vocational training, livelihood, skills acquisition and other reformative activities are provided to children under the care of CCTFSC. This intervention is geared towards making them useful citizens of the community. Vocational trainings are designed to help the children develop skills that would hopefully integrate them in the community.
Examples of these are woodworking, wielding, machine shop, carpentry, hotel and restaurant and many others. The availability of equipment and instructors are major considerations in offering these courses.
This is implemented in coordination with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Manpower Development and Placement (DMDP), Don Bosco Technological Center, schools and universities and establishments.
CCTFSC advocates support for policies and programs for the protection and development of children both in city and barangay level. Advocacy influences decision-making not only for legislators but also for government officials, local executives, judiciary, socio-civic and faith-based groups.
It generates additional resources, ensure more pro-child policies and allow people to participate in the development of a community. Advocacy strategies includes trainings, seminars, workshops, media campaigns, group sessions, lobbying, networking and distribution of information, education and communication (IEC) materials.
The program provides continuing learning opportunities for the social workers, house parents and duty bearers from the 27 member agencies of CCTFSC in providing appropriate psychosocial interventions to children under its care. Children are also provided seminars, workshops and other suitable development activities to boost their self confidence, positive outlook in life and develop their leadership potentials.
Meanwhile, the program reaches out to other sectors in the community such as barangay officials, law enforcers, business establishments and faith-based groups with the objective of mainstreaming child protection policies within these institutions.
CCTFSC provides legal assistance to children. It includes, facilitating in filing of courts cases against perpetrators to children victims of abuse and exploitation, gather information and documentation.
Trained paralegals provide assistance to children confined in Cebu City Operation Second Chance Center, the city’s Youth Home for children in conflict with the law. The assistance resulted for the early disposition of cases in the court level and early release of children in confinement, referral to Regional Rehabilitation for Youth (RRCY) and transfer of custody to their parents.
CCTFSC also provides assistance by processing late birth registration of children at the Office of the Local Civil Registrar.
The program plays a significant portion in all orientation activities for all CCTFSC’s beneficiaries. The program promotes the value of self-help and collective actions as a means to alleviate them from poverty.
8.Socio Cultural and Sports Activities
Socio Cultural and Sports Activities are provided to children under the care of CCTFSC. Socialization activities help the children meet not only their economic needs, but also the social and spiritual aspects of life. These factors are always considered in all activities for the children’s attainment of a more mature personality.
Recreational activities are important to help the youth relive their aggression, anxieties and frustrations. These are also therapeutic in nature and at the same time develop the children’s potentials and talents. This program includes both outdoor and indoor games for teams and individuals. Adequate equipment and supplies are made available for this undertaking.
The establishment of a referral system for children is one of the strongest points of the CCTFSC. The system has been grounded to provide direct service providers the easy access of services for children which are available within its member agencies.
The system ensures that every child is provided with the immediate intervention and adequate services he or she needs. The referral system takes care of the child the moment the child is referred to the Parian Drop-In Center for Street Children.
Member Agencies of CCTFSC
(Children avail of programs and services of agencies)
Medical and dental services
formal/ non-formal education
income generating projects
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