A report by the World Economic Forum has ranked the Philippines as "poor" when it comes to primary education.
Across the country, there are schools that lack even the most basic facilities, including running water and electricity, while others have an average of 70 students per classroom.
In southern Philippines, some children swim through two kilometres of swamp to get to class, braving harsh conditions as they strive for a better future.
Jamela Alin-Dogan reports from Layag-Layag village in Zamboanga.
Source: Al Jazeera