What Schools in the Philippines Need: Toilets and Safe Drinking Water
|Above copied from the Inquirer|
And in a paper recently published in the journal Tropical Medicine and Health, a survey of six schools in Manila that do have toilet facilities shows that these facilities do not pass all requirements:
Half of these toilets do not even have running water.
The functional illiteracy rate of school-aged children is substantial in all regions of the Philippines as shown in the following figure:
We can design and change the curriculum in so many ways but without addressing the basic needs of students, we will not solve the problems plaguing Philippine basic education.