Education


CCT believes that education is one of the most effective tools for breaking the cycle of poverty. It offers education and educational assistance to the poor through the following programs:

Residential Schools. CCT runs two residential schools for children from former and current street dwelling families. The schools, which also provide food, lodging, health care, and spiritual guidance, are a parallel intervention effort for children while their parents are being assimilated back into mainstream society by the Kaibigan Ministry through such measures as evangelism, discipleship, skills training, and job placement.

Girls and boys age three and onwards are housed at the Rose of Sharon House of Friendship in Puypuy, Bay, Laguna. At the age of 10 the boys are moved to the CCT Training and Development Institute Campus in Magdalena, Laguna where they join other former street dwelling boys from the age of 11 to 18.

The children attend pre-school, grade school, or Alternative Learning System classes as needed.

Non-residential Pre-schools. CCT currently has 30 non-residential pre-schools in communities where it has microfinance operations. The pupils come from the poorest of the poor in those communities or are children of microfinance partners.

Alternative Learning System. The ALS is a 10-month program that helps in-school overage children, school drop-outs, and underemployed adults prepare to take a grade school or high school accreditation and equivalency test. Test passers receive a diploma certifying them as comparable to graduates of formal schools and eligible for admission to a high school or post secondary course in the formal education system of the country or for enrolment in skills training programs offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Test passers also become eligible for government employment.

CCT offers ALS classes in several cities and provinces across the country.

Vocational/Technical Education. Technical knowledge, hands-on experience, core academic knowledge, and spiritual development comprise the vocational/technical education program offered by CCT at the Training and Development Institute campus in Magdalena. Courses offered are in electrical installation and maintenance, masonry, rough carpentry, and plumbing. Target beneficiaries are out-of-school male youth and unemployed men.

E-loans. According to research, only 18 percent of Filipino young people who enter college make it to graduation day. In view of this CCT now offers students loans in partnership with Vittana, a Washington-based organization (http://www.vittana.org/about/mission, http://www.vittana.org/howitworks). The loans are available to vocational education students and college juniors and seniors.