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“The world has made significant progress,” Unesco Director General Irina Bokova said.
“Millions more children are in school than would have been had the trends of the 1990s persisted.”
Around 58 million children are still out of school globally and 100 million children fail to complete primary education.
Inequality also persists in the Philippines, where only 69% of grade school graduates from poor families transition to high school, compared to 94% graduates from rich families.
The poorest children are “4 times more likely to be out of school and 5 times more likely not to complete primary education than the richest,” Bokova said.
Amidst all the challenges and hardships of life of being disadvantaged, the top three (3) among the forty (40) scholars of Sunrise was awarded a financial incentive from their sponsor for their effort and perseverance as academic achievers for the school year 2017. The awardees are Joselle Alliah Beltran of Sienna College of Quezon City (GPA 1.37), Jhay-R Dela Cruz of Saint Dominic Academy (GPA 1.40), and Maria Alicia Villamor of Sienna Taytay (GPA 1.41) respectively.
The scholars were greatly encouraged with the recognition and reward. All of them stated that they will use it for their education to further excel. Alicia was saving up to buy a laptop computer so she will no longer have to rent from a computer shop just to type and do homework while Alliah and Jhay-R will save it up for other school needs.
Seeing them persevere in school and in life (one of them who is from a “nearby” province of Nueva Ecija, travels 5-6 hours from to meet with us and other scholars) builds their character and gives one an assurance that the reward of helping their siblings, families and finishing their studies are within reach.