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The “Palihan” Street Children Education Programme is a UNESCO flagship project launched in Metro Manila in 1997.
It reflects a successful collaboration between the Philippines and UNESCO. The “Palihan” project is a response to the plight of 100,000 or more children roaming the streets of Manila for a living. It provides a form of education in a continuing supportive, social and emotional environment. The main success of the project is its ability to provide employment for these youth after their initial training period, through partnerships with 18 private companies and a range of government agencies and NGOs.
The Philippines, whose capital Manila is known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, joined UNESCO on November 21, 1946. Another collaboration involves UNESCO’s Coastal Resources Management Project, specifically of Ulugan Bay in Palawan Island.
The concept of this project is to bring science to grass-roots communities in order to empower their lives and their productive activity to maintain sustainable development. Based on scientific research on the region, and aligning with local traditional practices the local communities were taught how to self-monitor their fishing stocks.
A recent example of successful collaboration was the designation of the Earthsavers Dreams Ensemble from the Philippines as UNESCO Artists for Peace at the 32nd session of the General Conference in October 2003 in the presence of President Gloria Macaparagal Arroyo.
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