Sexual abuse, particularly of children, is prevalent yet not publicly acknowledged in the small communities within the Philippines. Teacher and officials who have the power and responsibility to address these deeply rooted social problems need to be educated to learn how to recognize signs of abuse within families and ensure that all parties are aware of children's rights and how to protect them.
This project trains all the teachers from 14 schools in the province and approximately 750 officials on how to recognize child abuse and exploitation and how to act to help these children. The project makes sure that meetings in schools and community buildings are taking place and information leaflets are made. The campaign will take place over the period of 38 weeks in 18 municipalities.
We want to end ignorance of child abuse and replace it with protection of children's rights in 18 municipalities in Antique province of Philippines by training teachers and officials to be the children's advocates.