CIFAL Philippines

WEBINAR-Inclusive Education for Filipino Children on the Move: Making the Invisible Visible

Date: 31 July 2020 (Friday)

Time: 2:00 PM (Manila time)

Description: Migrant children across the globe often face systemic challenges in continuing education obtained from home countries and accessing education in destination countries. As a migrant source country, the Philippines must grasp the current and available child-migrant related programs of the host countries, the accessibility, quality and type of such educational opportunities afforded to child-migrants, and programs provided by the Philippine government for repatriated children of Filipino migrants.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), guided by its rights-based and child-sensitive approach, advances the inclusion of migrant children in national child protection systems as well as in all migration policies and programs that impact children as captured by the GCM Objective 7: address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration (United Nations 2018). In addition, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development pushes for Sustainable Development Goal 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” including migrant children.

The webinar will provide an overview of the existing laws, policies and programs in relation to educational experiences of Filipino migrant children. The online discussion aims to offer a venue by which stakeholders such as policymakers, government agencies, citizen groups, academics, and migrant families could explore ways to strengthen the capacity to address the issues of access to education for Filipino migrant children.