Project CONSUELO (Consolidating and Updating Educational Learning Opportunities for Child Protection) is a 3-year project that continues the gains of the Flalok Project with an added value: child rights awareness and protection.
The project supports the belief that upholding the rights of children (as outlined in the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child) in the education sector with parents’ direct involvement creates an ideal environment where children can grow without fear—free from harm and abuse. This protects and upholds the inherent dignity of children as persons with evolving capacities and maturity.
Year 1 (2019) Project Components
In 2019, Project CONSUELO involved three components:
1. Contextualization of Consuelo Foundation’s proprietary flipchart on Child Protection to Cebuano, Blaan and Maguindanaon
Project CONSUELO replicated the technology of Consuelo Foundation through translation and contextualization of Consuelo Foundation’s proprietary flipchart on child protection in three local major dialects: Cebuano, Blaan and Maguindanaon.
2. Teaching of the localized Child Protection during Flalok classes and reproduction of child-friendly Flalok Big Books and materials
Flalok Big Books
Flalok materials distributed and used by 631 Grade 1 and Grade 2 learners in 15 Blaan partner schools within Sarangani Province
3. Development of module on parent mentoring and child protection
Parent Mentoring is a family and community initiative developed by CLAFI that seeks to strengthen families and remind parents of their primary role in their children’s education. To address the pressing problem on child abuse, Project CONSUELO integrated a discussion on child rights and protection in Parent Leaders/Parent Mentoring Module and sessions.
Through Project CONSUELO, CLAFI developed a Parent Leaders Training and Parent Mentoring Module that contained 10 key commitments of parents towards their children. These commitments also serve as themes for the 10 Parent Mentoring sessions contained in the Module.
The Parent Leaders/Parent Mentoring Module was used in 56 Parent Mentoring Sessions attended by 1,875 parents (each representing 1 family).
4. Project CONSUELO also helped secure the birth certificates of 122 unregistered children in Sarangani Province.
Year 2 (2020)
Year 2 of the project continued the Year 1 activities (implementation and monitoring), and implemented a new component: the development of the Right PALS Module.
Year 3 (2021)
For its third year, Project Consuelo continued activities from Year 2 with a few additional efforts.