The Out of School Youth Challenge

The Out of School Youth Challenge

How might we build an enterprise model to support the educational needs of out-of-school youth?

A glaring nine percent of Filipinos aged 6 to 24 years old are not in school, or almost 1 out of 10. Despite a slight decrease since 2016, this still totals to an alarming figure of 3.6 million out-of-school children and youth in the Philippines alone.

Despite the major progresses made locally and globally towards increasing access to education and increasing enrollment rates, bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving education goals. The 2018 Social Innovation Challenge in Education will focus on developing a family enterprise model to support the educational needs of out-of-school youth in Brgy. Bucana, Davao City.

How It Works

Jan 7, 2019

World Vision issues a challenge to solve -- and innovators come up with ideas.

Mar 22, 2019

Innovators submit their proposals and business models.

Apr 22, 2019

Five teams are shortlisted, join the boot camp and work with a partner community to polish their idea and business models.

June 2019

Finalists pitch their business models to World Vision and expert industry partners.

July 2019

Winner is awarded and provided financial and technical support to implement the winning solution.

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Challenge Brief

  • Background

    Improving access to quality education remains as one of the Philippine government’s top priorities in 2019, as nine percent of Filipinos aged 6 to 24 years old are not in school, or almost 1 out of 10, totaling to an alarming figure of 3.6 million out-of-school children and youth in 2016. This contributes to the global problem, as there are over 265 million out-of-school children and youth in the world.

    Lack of education hinders children and youth to access good livelihood opportunities, improve their quality of life, and reach their full potential. Unfortunately, many poor children in the Philippines leave school because of lack of financial capacity, and are ultimately not able to break this vicious cycle of poverty.

  • Obstacles

    Since many Filipinos could not attend or finish formal basic education, the Department of Education implements the Alternative Learning System program to provide all Filipinos the chance to have access to and complete basic education in a manner that fits their distinct situations and needs. However, majority of the out-of-school children and youth in Brgy. Bucana, Davao City is not interested with the program due to various reasons such as lack of financial capacity for “baon” (packed food), requirements, and projects; lack of parental support as parents would rather have their children earning money to support their family; and lack of personal interest as they would rather be involved in gangs, vices, and computer games.

    The cost of out-of-school youth is huge. If these youth remain unproductive, they will continue to be unable to meet the basic needs of their families. They will have a low chance to access better livelihood opportunities and earn more to improve their living conditions and break the cycle of poverty. The barangay also suffers because of this problem. Instead of productive activities that contribute to the barangay and to the city, out-of-school children and youth are more vulnerable to gang involvement, riots, vices, early unwanted pregnancy, addiction to computer games, and juvenile crimes. These lead to disruption of peace and order and costs the government additional resources to manage these problems.

  • Technical Brief
  • Criteria


    1.Who is eligible to participate?

    To submit an Entry for the Competition and be eligible to win an Award:

    • Each Team member must, at the date of Entry, be:
      • a legal resident of the Philippines.
      • eighteen (18) years of age or older.
    • Teams must:
      • be composed of three (3) members;
      • after the Preliminary Round Close Date, not add, remove, or replace any Team members;
      • appoint a Team leader who will be the point-of-contact with and World Vision Philippines; and
      • if a registered business, charity, non-profit organization, or social enterprise:
        1. not have received prior investment of more than $10,000;
        2. must be in operation for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years
        3. bear the same name as that of such entity and shall not change its name during the course of the Competition.

    The Competition is not open to employees of World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF), its affiliated organizations, advertising or promotional agencies or media partners, or members of the household of such employees.

    2.How are ideas submitted?

    Individuals may only join one Team. Only one Entry per Team. Multiple Entries will be disqualified. Fraudulent Entries will be declared invalid. All Entries must be submitted online; no paper Entries will be accepted.

    3.When is the deadline for idea submission?

    Submission Deadline: The Preliminary Round starts tentatively on January 7, 2018 and closes on March 22, 2019 (“Preliminary Round Close Date“). After the Preliminary Round Close Date, 5 Teams will be identified as finalists (“Finalists“) per challenge.


    1.How are ideas judged?

    After the Preliminary Round Close Date, WVDF and/or a team of industry experts (each a “Judge“, collectively “Judges” or “Judging Panel“) will assess the Entries and select up to 5 Finalists. The Judges shall be experienced entrepreneurs, investors and academics appointed by WVDF in its sole discretion.

    The core assessment of the Entries will focus on the innovativeness, feasibility and viability of the proposed solution.

    All Entries will be evaluated by the Chair and co-Chairs of the Competition by using the common “Executive Summary Judging Criteria”.

    The Chair and co-Chairs will hold a joint session where up to a maximum of 5 Entries will be identified as Finalists.

    WVDF will attempt to contact each of the Finalists by telephone within two weeks after the Preliminary Round Close Date.  In the event that a Finalist cannot be contacted within two (2) weeks after the selections have been made, that Finalist will be disqualified and an alternate Finalist will be selected.

    1. What is the Prize?

    5 Finalists (per challenge) will undergo the Social Innovation Boot Camp to help them refine their ideas before the Final Pitch Round. The winning teams and WVDF will agree upon a suitable commencement date for the sessions.

    The top team selected as the winner per challenge will receive PhP100,000.00. The second and third placers will receive PhP50,000.00 and P25,000.00 respectively. Aside from giving out cash prizes, World Vision will also fundraise for the implementation of the winning solutions and provide technical support and advisory services.

    1. Will my travel expenses be paid for by World Vision during the boot camp?

    No. The travel costs will be covered by you. Remote options will be available.

    1. Will my idea be implemented by World Vision in the Philippines?

    WVDF reserves the right to implement or not implement any ideas submitted to the competition including the winning submission.

    1. Are the decisions of the Judges final?

    The decisions of the Judging Panel are final and binding. WVDF and/or the Judging Panel reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that in its judgment violates the Eligibility or these Rules of the Competition.

    Before being confirmed as a Finalist or Winner, each such Finalist or Winner will be required to sign and return, within the time stipulated by WVDF a full release and indemnity form stating that the Finalist or Winner has read and understood the Rules, grants all consents required, authorizes WVDF to broadcast, publish and disseminate Team members’ name, city of residence, photograph, likeness, and voice, in connection with the Competition and their participation in either of the Prizes at no additional compensation to the Finalist or Winner, accepts the Prizes as offered, and releases WVUS & WVC and related parties from any and all liability of any kind arising out of the Winner’s participation in the Competition and the Prizes, including any related travel. Proof of identification must be provided upon request.