“I wanted to become a teacher but it was a pipe dream. Impossible,” says 24-year-old Richelle from the Philippines.
She was forced to drop out of school after becoming pregnant at the age of 16. Her commitments at home and the time she needs to spend looking after her son Johnrey, who has cerebral palsy, mean she was unable to get back into education.
In response, Plan International is working alongside the Philippines Department of Education to provide flexible, informal learning for those who cannot go to school in 2 of the county’s poorest provinces, Masbate and Northern Samar. To date we’ve helped over 2,200 children and young people to continue their education when they otherwise would not have been able to.
Richelle heard about the programme through Johnrey’s teacher. She now studies in her spare time and is visited by her teacher at home.
“I thought my dream was cut short,” she says. “Returning to school has returned what I thought I had lost.”