The Street Classroom is a volunteer organization founded in the island province of Marinduque, Philippines. It provides indigenous, localized, and fun-filled learning activities to street children, school children, out-of-school children, out-of-school youth, out-of-school adults, drop-outs, and children who are unable to attend regular classes due to physical, economical, and geographical limitations. It also provides the basic needs of beneficiaries in school.The Street Classroom also aims to help beneficiaries receive scholarship grants and/or financial assistance. Currently, The Street Classroom caters Marinduque, but will soon walk the streets of the entire country.
Our main goal is to motivate and encourage beneficiaries to go back and/or continue attending and participating in formal education inside classrooms to further develop their love of country, duties of citizenship, moral character, personal discipline, and scientific, technological, and vocational efficiency. This can be attained by conducting tutorial sessions, and outreach activities with exercises aligned with the Philippine K-12 Curriculum and Alternative Learning System (ALS) which may help them in passing the Acceleration and Equivalency Test.
Our outreach activities are conducted in open areas or streets, where most children are free to play, to remove the fear of beneficiaries from classrooms, teachers, and the mere teaching-learning process, which was found to be one of the reasons why students show disinterest in schooling. Volunteers engage beneficiaries in different games and learning exercises to build strong rapport which is important in teaching the beneficiaries in follow-ups or tutorial sessions.
The Street Classroom is also working hard to create collaborations and partnerships with different government agencies like the Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources, to ensure the beneficiaries’ “street to school success”.