If children are deprived and denied of their rights, their full potential will not be realized. This is Plan International’s definition of Child Poverty. For Plan, the common issues on children according to the 4 broad rights are survival, development, protection, and participation.
The challenge of education comes under the issue on Development. These challenges that Plan tackle under this human right are poor quality of basic education, limited access to educational services, inadequate financial resources for education, and inadequate facilities for education.
Plan’s ultimate goal to address these issues is social transformation by making its partner communities become Child-Friendly. A community is child-friendly when it is able to assure the rights and needs of the children on survival, development, protection, and participation. This desired result is also equal to addressing child poverty.
One of Plan’s major Country Program Outlines (CPOs) is Child-Learn. To address the issues confronting public elementary education, especially in the rural areas, Plan challenges itself to institutionalize and sustain programs and projects that are designed for quality and access to education.
To concretize this challenge, Plan has instituted the Child-Centered Community Development Approach (CCCDA), a rights-based approach in which children, families and communities are active and leading participants in their own development. This enhances their capacity and opportunity to work together with others to address structural causes and consequences of child poverty at all levels.