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The Center for Positive Futures, Banaba

Leslie Goovaerts

16 November 2012

This center is a network of schools that was created to allow acces to good education for the economically disadvantaged people.

The Center for Positive Futures- was organized as a high school in January 2001. It was established by parents whose goal was to provide alternative and relevant education for their children.

The school was started the operation in San Mateo and Montalban, Rizal.

The objective of the school was to make available high quality and alternative education to children of professionals, employees, industrial and service workers, the informal sectors, and entrepreneurs at affordable tuition fee rates and payable in easy terms.

The school aims to develop income generating opportunities for parents and students in the hope that such activities will eventually result in integrated community development.

CPF is attended mostly by the lower economic classes of society.

School fees can be paid in services, for example by working in the cafeteria, or in goods, for example work in agricultural products.

There are links between rural and urban schools to allow the parents from the rural areas to find a market for their products (rice and fish) in the towns.

The school within the network we will be working with is located in San Mateo, a city near Manila. The children wear uniforms.

Half the children go to school in the morning from 6:30 AM until 12:30 PM, and the other half from 12:45 to 6 PM.

The children participating in the Global Classroom Initiative exchange are 13 to 14 years old and live in a city as in the rural areas, internet access is not available.