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ING and UNICEF have been partners since 2005. Together They helped 1 million children worldwide to access quality education. And since 2015 ING and UNICEF are investing in empowering young people with knowledge and skills to be successful in life and contribute to society.

The partnership is called ‘Power for Youth’ and focuses on empowering adolescents. Adolescence is a unique phase in one’s life and a critical transition from childhood to adulthood. UNICEF and ING aim to make adolescence an age of opportunity. Our partnership is therefore based on the notion of empowerment. This concept also lies at the heart of the missions of both organizations. As a financial institution, ING empowers people, helping them to achieve their goals and stay a step ahead in life and in business. Similarly, UNICEF works to empower children, helping them to develop and reach their full potential.

Implemented by SUGPAT in partnership with the Department of Education, the project focuses on strengthening the delivery of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) and to establish a youth alliance in Zamboanga del Norte.

The Philippines is one of the top countries globally for out of school children and youth. To mitigate this, the Department of Education provides different flexible learning modalities to disadvantaged and out of school adolescents and youth.

Education and skills development, including financial skills, provides an opportunity to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Giving adolescents and young people economic assets and preparing them for decent livelihoods helps to tackle poverty where it usually begins.

  1.   The project will assist the Department of Education in the enhancement of existing programme strategies, teaching approaches and learning materials, and improving capacities of learning facilitators and teacher mentors for 21st century skills, soft skills (social emotional skills) as well as integrating some basic concepts on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and life skills. Teachers and learning facilitators will be trained on the use of the supplementary modules and mentored in the course of introduction to the targeted learners.

  2.  Adolescents’ soft skills (life skills, 21st century skills) will be enhanced through Alternative Learning System strengthening.

The Zamboanga del Norte region.

This component proposes to target the challenged out-of-school adolescents who are enrolled in the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Zamboanga del Norte.

  1. Training of Trainers on the Contextualization of Life Skills Modules
  2. Training of ALS Implementers on the Delivery of Life Skills Modules
  3. Monitoring and Evaluation
  4. Creation of the Out-of-school youth alliance

In partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and UNICEF, MAGD-YDW is a program that consist a 45-credit units with focus on the foundations of youth development, youth development in local government units, project and program development and implementation, emerging youth issues, political analysis and programs for marginalized youth.

Because we believe in the power of youth in nation building, NYC, AdZU and UNICEF aims to 1.) build what they envision to be a resource center, where understanding of youth development as a country, will properly be stored, kept and enriched, and 2.) to professionalize youth development programmers to be more effective in delivering programs that are youth centered.

This coursework is envisioned to promote the professionalization of youth development work by facilitating youth development work education and training, settling competency standards, sharing good practices, encouraging research work on youth development themes, and advocating for pro-youth policies and advocacies at the national and sub-national levels.

The 16-month program will be participated by NYC Officials and Personnel, whose central purpose of work is to empower young people to play an assertive and constructive role in the strengthening and regeneration of their communities.

  1.    Demonstrate functional knowledge and understanding of key principles and concepts of youth development;

  2.   Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and both qualitative and quantitative methodologies relevant to the field of youth development, in particular public policy analysis;

  3.   Analyze challenges in the management, implementation and evaluation of youth policies and programs in the Philippines and;

  4.   Contribute in the database on Philippine youth development theories and approaches.


  • Methods of Research
  • Elements of Statistics
  • Theory and Practice of Public Administration
  • Sociology of Youth
  • Youth Governance and Participation
  • Youth Development Work: Personal and Professional Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Youth Development Work
  • Youth Advocacy: Communication for Youth Development
  • Fiscal Policy Administration
  • Management and Leadership Skills for Youth Development
  • Management of Change
  • Strategic Planning and Program Management for Youth Development Work I and II
  • Peace, Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Innovations in Youth Development Work
  • Managing Cultural Diversity
  • Community Psychology and Participation