The Philippines

Armed conflict has disrupted much of Mindanao, especially the communities with Muslim, Christian and indigenous people, since the early seventies. Economically, the island has lagged behind the rest of the Philippines and government programs to alleviate poverty do not always reach the people in need. Schools are sometimes too far away for children to reach, and they are poorly equipped. The quality of education is low.




The Philippines (active since 2012)

- 10,000 pupils on 71 schools

- 250 teachers

- Respect Education Program

- Respect+ Program: Respect & Prepare Trauma Program 

- Partners: Cordaid, local organisations, Ministry/Department of Education

The Respect Education program was introduced in 2013, a time when the Philippino government introduced the international K-12 curriculum. This focuses on 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Learning to learn is emphasized, rather than merely the content of a lesson.


K-12 is also child-centred, aiming to increase a child’s self- esteem and confidence, so they can actively participate in class. The Respect Education program provides schools with methods and techniques to implement these skills into the curriculum.


Starting with workshops for 650 children in 2013 and growing quickly to 2350 children in 2014, the Respect Education Program in 2015 involves 7000 children at 60 schools. 250 teachers are trained in 2017 and over 10,000 children have participated in the program.


For more details download the REP flyer made by our Partner NGO Pasali.




The Universities of Groningen and Mindanao have completed their research on the effectiveness of the Respect Education Program in 21 schools. Click HERE to read the report.