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ABK comes from the three letters of the old Filipino alphabet Alibata to form the acronym for Pag-Aaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan (Education for the Children’s Future).

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  • 2003 – 2008: ABK Initiative sought to reduce the engagement of children ages 5 to 17 years in the worst forms of child labor (WFCL) through increased access, quality and relevance of basic education for working children and at-risk children.The project withdrew 16,997 children and prevented 14,323 children from exploitive labor in sugar cane plantations, mining and quarrying, pyrotechnics production, deep-sea fishing, domestic work, and commercial sexual exploitation. The project was implemented in 6 regions of the Philippines, spanning a total of 8 provinces: Bulacan, Metro Manila, Camarines Norte, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, and Davao.
  • 2007 – 2011: ABK2 Initiative, the second phase of the project, sought to combat child labor in the Philippines through education and went by the slogan TEACh Now! (Take Every Action for Children Now!).The project targeted 30,400 children to be withdrawn or prevented from engagement in the worst forms of child labor in sugarcane farming, child domestic work, commercial sexual exploitation, fishing (both deep sea and coastal), mining and quarrying, and commercial agriculture (specifically rubber, coconut, corn, mangoes and bananas) and aid them through the provision of formal and non-formal education services. The project was implemented in 9 provinces: Bulacan, Camarines Norte, Compostela Valley, Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Cebu and Metro Manila.

ABK3 LEAP uses the ABK name as part of its historical branding and adapts the best practices developed from ABK1 and ABK2 to reduce child labor in sugarcane areas.