LEGAZPI CITY, March 30 (PNA) – The province of Albay has been selected by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as study area for out of school children aged 6-12.
The project is being implemented through the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in collaboration with the Albay Millennium Development Goals Office (AMDGO).
The study seeks to trace and understand the determents of gender disparities in primary and education in the country. However, in Albay, the study will focus only on elementary school children.
Jeresha San Jose AMDGO Program Coordinator said that data gathering was started last March 14 to 18 in six school sites of Tabaco City schools division.
“Based on our initial data gathering through focus group discussions and one on one interview among respondents the factors of drop-outs among school children in elementary are child labor, disfunctional family and poverty,” San Jose said.
According to her, the study will help generate an in-depth understanding of origins of gender disparities through a mix of quantitative and qualitative approaches.
“The result of the study also intends to propose policy interventions based on the findings,” San Jose also said.
In a letter of PIDS to Albay Governor Joey Salceda, it was stated that the province of Albay has been selected because of the decision by the current provincial government to localize and monitor the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the willingness of the provincial government to be part of this undertaking with the aim of having a specific evidence-based LGU interventions that will enable these gender disparities to be addressed.
The expected release of analysis report is in November this year.(PNA)