Divina M. Edralin
De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
divina.edralin@dlsu.edu.ph

Maria Victoria P. Tibon
De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

Florenz C. Tugas
De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

Year: January 2015
Volume: 24 No. 2
Pages: 108-123

Abstract:

This article elaborates on an action research undertaken by three researchers from a business school of a leading university in the Philippines on the contribution of non-formal education programs in poverty alleviation, aimed to initiate women empowerment and youth development among selected women and youth in the parishes they belong to. Non-formal education programs such as home-based livelihood program, parenting for women, leadership, character building, values clarification, and priority setting for women and youth were administered as a way to reduce the selected parishioners’ vulnerabilities arising from poverty. Using outcome mapping as a project cycle management tool, changed behaviours, attitudes, and values were identified not as final indicators but as an indicator of progress in empowerment and development to which the non-formal education programs contribute.