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Topics: Education, Literacy, Functional illiteracy Pages: 2 (414 words) Published: August 20, 2013
11 million Filipinos are suffering from functional illiteracy while four million have no basic literacy skills based on a survey conducted by the Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS).

Right now many children are living their lives on the streets around the world. Fighting for their rights and surviving for their lives. This video is not just about advocacy, not just about a part of me but every children in the world suffering from what we called illiteracy… According to UNICEF, an estimated 100 million children worldwide live at least part of their time on the streets. In the Philippines, a government estimates that there are approximately 1.5 million children on the streets working as beggars, pickpockets, drug abusers and child prostitutes. Today, the number of children and youth living part of their lives on the streets in the Philippines could reach two million out of a total population of 84 million. Many spend their day begging for money to buy food. The World Declaration on Education for All[2] states that “An active commitment must be made to remove educational disparities. Undeserved groups [including street children] should not suffer any discrimination in access to learning opportunities”.

Street children are highly concentrated in countries with struggling economies, but are also present in developed countries. Regardless of their location, they face hardships and exploitation. Street children are generally deprived of their right to education and have little or no access to the formal education system. The majority of them are illiterate and have either never been enrolled, or have dropped out of the formal education system, and it is difficult to secure funding for the kind of informal education which suits street children’s lives. 

The lack of education and educational opportunities makes street children particularly vulnerable to trafficking, child labour, sexual abuse, exposure to HIV/AIDS and other STIs, and...
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