Children factor heavily into the Filipino population. 34% of the country’s population is made up of youth aged 0-14 years. Out of the total population, 20.7% of children under 5 are considered to be underweight and therefore malnourished. Globally, nearly 140 million primary and secondary school aged children are generally not in school. Rural Filipino children are no exception to these statistics. In fact, it is common for rural children to skip school so that they can help their parents farm. The rural family’s need for food and income is so great that it surpasses the need for education.
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