Many teens in Cavite City are given a second chance at dreaming big and getting their goals through the ‘Kariton Open High School.’
The ‘Kariton Open High School’ of the nonprofit organization Dynamic Teen Co. (DTC) gives chance to out of school youths, dropouts and even street children to be educated through its alternative approach. The team is known for turning push carts or ‘kariton’ into mobile classrooms to educate these children.
DTC formally launched their learning center last August, with the help of a food manufacturing firm, Universal Robina Corp (URC). It is a venue more apt and conducive to learning.
URC provided air-conditioned offices, clean toilets, white board, books and shelves for the new building.The facilities appealed to out of school teens to go to school again.
Efren Peñaflorida, 2009 CNN Hero awardee and one of the DTC founders, said in a phone interview, “We are happy to realize that we are not alone and there are people willing to support us.”
The Kariton Open High School new learning center is on the second floor of DTC’s two-story red building. Another two-story building known as the ‘Kariton building’ was launched by the group last 2011, also in the same area.
The group holds their activities in the old building while classes are held in the new learning center according to Peñaflorida.
DTC is currently catering to 57 students, with ages 11 to 17 years old, all from Cavite City. They are still looking for more students who really want to finish their education.
The organization envisions to have classes for Grades 11 and 12 as pre-college education program by the year 2016. Another classroom facility is currently being built in Amadeo, Cavite.