There are an estimated 272 million international migrants around the globe, representing 3.5% of the world’s population (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2019, International Organization for Migration 2020). Of this number, 30 million are children (United Nations Children’s Fund 2018). In the Philippines, around 205,715 Filipinos aged 14 years old and below left the country between 2007-2017 (Commission on Filipinos Overseas 2017). This age group constitutes the youngest and the largest percentage of Filipinos who move overseas for a variety of motivations.
Migrant children across the globe often face systemic challenges in continuing education obtained in home countries, and accessing education in destination countries. As a migrant source country, the Philippines must grasp the current and available child-migrant related programs of the host countries, the accessibility, quality and type of such educational opportunities afforded to child-migrants, and programs provided by the Philippine government for repatriated children of Filipino migrants.
The event aims to offer a platform to generate dialogue amongst stakeholders such as policymakers, government agencies, citizen groups, academics, and migrant families could explore ways to strengthen the capacity to address the issues of access to education for Filipino migrant children.
The event is comprised of presentations with experts, followed by a Q&A session.
Government officials and professionals with interest in the area of Children Development.