Why were the program completion ages changed?

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Quite a few of my children - especially those in the central & South American regions - would have been completing the program at age 18 and now will be completing at age 20 or 22. What does this mean? Does it mean it's getting harder for them in their countries to become financially stable/independent so they need to spend a longer time in the program? (That's just my initial assumption, but thought I'd ask!)
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Hi there! We have a global maximum completion age of twenty-two years old. However, within these guidelines, each country can decide their own maximum completion age based on local factors.

We provide vocational training as part of our program and have other non-school related outcomes that we are looking for when a child completes so it may or may not correspond with when they graduate school. However, most of the reasoning behind completion ages has to do with when a child begins school and ends school in that country. For example, in the Philippines, children used to graduate high school at the US equivalent of the 10th or 11th grade but have since changed their school system to match the US system. Compassion Philippines then increased the maximum completion age to twenty-two.

Sometimes children are not able to begin school until they are enrolled in Compassion's program and they can be registered up until age nine. Because these children started later, they will probably graduate school later. It could be that only private schools are available but the children cannot afford the tuition so they do not attend school until Compassion covers it. If there is a pattern of this, the country office may decide to increase the completion age to make sure the children have enough time to get through school.

We've recently started building better guidelines and standards for our adolescents to make sure that when they complete our program they are ready. Our main goal for students in our program is that they would complete as responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. This has lead to more countries deciding to increase the maximum completion age lately. They are doing this so that they can make sure that they are pouring all that they can into these young adults before they leave our program and meeting these new standards. 
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Hello, I am currently sponsored in a heart of compassion, and the new form of graduation is acting in many of my colleagues, now worry more for having his studies culminated, and achieve any career or something with that sustain itself, currently Compassion in Latin America is implementing these guidelines, the teenager ismotivated, in my opinion this person very well, since it thus lent almost to the University when the program of Compassion for my! :D

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