Consider the following statistics:
- 1 in 10 Filipinos has never gone to school (6.8 million)
- # 1 in 6 Filipinos is not functionally literate (9.6 million) while
4.1 million are completely illiterate
- 1 in 3 children/youth is not attending school (11.6 million)
- About half (51%) of Filipinos had at most Elementary Education
- Among poor Filipinos, only about 70% can read, write and compute. Only a little over half (54.3%) are fully literate (read, write, compute and comprehend)
Source: World Bank Statistics
Access to basic education is still a major problem especially for the indigent and disadvantaged children and youth who are most vulnerable to inadequate social services. As such, they disengage themselves from society, roam the streets and become susceptible to drugs and petty crimes.
Music is powerful in re-connecting with these children and youth and making them feel that they belong to the society… that better options in life are available to them… that there is hope.
Through music, these children and youth find ways to express their emotions and channel their energy and abilities into something positive and creative because music is a universal language- the one medium that transcends all ages, gender and socio-economic and cultural boundaries. Music awakens the imagination and brings great joy and unity among people.
Be a part of this movement to change the lives of Filipino children and youth. It’s a life changing experience!!!! Read on!...