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.

Apr 5, 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


    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 two (2) to five (5) 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 World Vision in the Philippines (World Vision Development Foundation or WVDF); 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.

    How are ideas submitted?

    Ideas are submitted online at 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.

    All Teams are responsible for ensuring that any material they provide to WVDF or post on the Online Challenge Platform Site, including but not limited to text, photographs, video and sound, does not violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party or is used with the permission of the owner(s) of such rights.

    By submitting an Entry, each Team represents and warrants that it has all right, title and/or interest in the materials submitted and the information it contains is accurate and complete, and that by submitting the Entry the Team is not and will not be violating any contract or third party rights including any patent, copyright, trade secret, proprietary or confidential information, trade-mark, publicity or privacy right.

    By entering this Competition, each member of each Team agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless WVDF, its affiliated organizations, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives, from any claim or liability arising from or related to the Competition, and/or participation in the Award.

    WVDF assumes no responsibility for garbled, lost, late, delayed, destroyed or misdirected mail, voice messages, e-mails or any computer errors or malfunctions.

    WVDF does not assume any responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, seeding or printing errors, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or failures of any telephone or computer line or network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof.

    In order to become an entrant, a Team must agree to these Rules and fill out the entry form available at the Online Challenge Platform Site ( A successfully completed and submitted form is an “Entry“. In these Rules, a Team that has submitted an Entry to the Competition is referred to as an “Entrant“.

    When is the deadline for idea submission?

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


    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 email and/or 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.

    What is the Prize?

    The Finalists will undergo the Social Innovation Boot Camp to help them refine their ideas before the Final Pitch Round. The Finalists 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. 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.

    What is the Final Round Pitch?

    At the Final Round Pitch, Finalists will be provided an opportunity to present their Business Plans, which should explain the practicability of the plan execution and fundability potential.

    Each Finalist will conduct a 5-minute, uninterrupted Business Plan presentation in English followed by up to 3-5 minutes of question and answer. It is not compulsory for all Team members to address the Judges Panel in the presentation.

    The Judges will make their evaluations and give their scores by using a common “Business Plan Judging Criteria”.

    The four winning teams will be decided by the highest score after a joint deliberation of the Judging Panel.

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

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

    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.

    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 WVDF 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.


    If for any reason, in the opinion of WVDF, in its sole discretion, the Competition is not capable of running as originally planned, or if the administration, security, fairness, integrity or the proper conduct of the Competition is corrupted or adversely affected, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond its control, WVDF reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the Competition.

    WVDF reserves the right to modify the Rules without materially affecting the terms and conditions hereof. WVDF reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of the Rules or otherwise in a disruptive manner.

    Any attempt to deliberately damage the Competition website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, WVDF reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent of the law.

    The Competition is subject to all applicable  national, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.