The Philippines: Eye opening

Sometimes things have to be seen to be believed. Today’s events were one of these times. We left our hotel to head to a school where children were being screened for possible disabilities, to enable them to enrol in school and receive adequate care and attention.

Little boy - by  Damien Franyik
Little boy holding a game – by Damien Franyik

I honestly didn’t know what to expect. It surprised me how thankful people were—not only children but the parents as well. We spent a good time playing with the children and gaining a better understanding of why days like today were so fundamental in the inclusion of children with a disability in public schools.

Marielle playing with the children - photo by Denvie Balidoy
Marielle playing with the children – photo by Denvie Balidoy

One project that Save the Children is working on is the full inclusion of children with a disability—whether that may be physical or mental—within schools.

Following the school visit we met local officials and talked further about how schools, teachers, parents and local governing bodies play parts in the inclusion of students with a disability.

Time for questions – photo by Jordi Johannisse
Time for questions – photo by Jordi Johannisse
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    Damien Franyik