Baranggay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC)
The BCPC is a preventive program mandate issued by the Philippine government to all Baranggay's (smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village) to establish a council that looks after the protection of its children. The first memorandum was released in 1990 with revisions made throughout the years. This council is tasked to implement policies, programs and services for the protection of vulnerable children especially street children whose rights are often violated. The BCPC is a preventive program for to reduce the number of children living on the streets.
As the major program for its advocacy, Childhope Asia is one of the pioneer NGO's that organizes BCPC's via training and capability building. In 2009, Childhope completed the Orientation Manual on the BCPC which followed by the BCPC Standard Training Manual that now serves as the official reference manual for all organizations to follow in training for BCPC.
Street Education Program
The Outreach and Protection/Education on the Streets Program was established by Childhope Asia Philippines (CHAP) as part of its continuing mission to advocate and protect the rights of street children. The program allows Childhope to work at the very frontlines, serving as the initial contact to deliver much needed aid and services directly to street children - right on the streets. It is a form of alternative education that assists street children through psychosocial interventions, to enable them to protect themselves while on the streets and to motivate them to reflect on their situation and plan their life goals.
The goal of the program is to educate street children to protect themselves on the streets while motivating them to give up life on the streets. Depending on the situation and background of the child, he or she is either reconciled with the family and community or referred to temporary shelter for further care.
It aims to ensure that these children, who are marginalized, are still able to enjoy their basic rights as human persons, specifically as children, to the fullest.
Street Educators are the frontline field workers who reach out to street children and conduct education sessions on life skills, ethics, vocational training etc. They conduct sessions five-days-a-week (Tuesdays to Saturdays, 4pm-9pm). They are professionally-trained social workers or teachers.
Services of the Street Education Program
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