District supervisors, principals, school heads and teachers from 136 schools are set to take part in ABK3 LEAP’s Teacher Training Series on July to August, 2013. Entitled “Enhancing Teachers’ Capacity to Reduce Child Labor in the Sugarcane Areas”, the training series aims to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of the issue of child labor in sugarcane areas and how education plays a crucial intervention in reducing and preventing it.
Following ABK1 & 2 Initiatives (Pag-aaral ng Bata Para sa Kinabukasan) which addressed the six worst forms of child labor through education, ABK3 LEAP focuses on child labor in sugarcane areas and expands its interventions to cover Livelihoods, Education, Advocacy and Protection. The project’s call is “Sugar is sweeter without child labor”.
The 2011 Survey on Children conducted by NSO revealed that of the 5.49 million economically active children aged 5-17 years old, about 3.03 million are engaged in child labor. An estimated 2.99 million child laborers are working in hazardous conditions, 62% of which come from the agriculture sector where sugarcane farms are included.
ABK3 LEAP acknowledges the vital role of teachers in achieving the project’s education agenda to bring children back to school, keep working children in school, and help children complete school.
DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro has issued a Memorandum dated May 28, 2013 in support of the conduct of the Teacher Training Series (TTS) in ABK3 LEAP project areas in the 11 provinces namely: Batangas, Camarines Sur, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Capiz, Bukidnon, Davao del Sur and North Cotabato.
Composed of 3 independent but inter-related episodes, the Teacher Training Series hopes to encourage and inspire teachers to appreciate their role in reducing child labor in sugarcane areas.
Episode 1 is 3-day orientation and consultation workshop to understand hazardous child labor in sugarcane areas. Episode 2 is a 5-day intensive training of the core teacher trainers to enhance their creative teaching methodologies and increase their capacities in developing learning materials. Episode 3 is a 3-day roll-out training where core teachers are expected to train other teachers in their respective and nearby schools.