MANILA, Philippines — Last June, we saw the power of social media at work with the story of nine-year-old Daniel Cabrera. After a photo of him doing his homework outside a fast food restaurant went viral, he has now received support in the form of school supplies, cash donations, and even a scholarship grant.
His inspiring story shows us that there is much to hope for in the Filipino youth, and that at a young age, many of them believe in the importance of education. Unfortunately, not all children are as lucky as Daniel. According to the Department of Education (DepEd), 6.38% of elementary school students dropped out of school in 2011-2012. For high school students that year, the drop out rate is even higher, with 7.82% deciding to leave in the middle of the school year or not enroll for the next.