USAID and DepEd Celebrate Joint Successes in Improving Early Grade Learning in the Philippines

Manila, August 13, 2021 – Education stakeholders gathered on August 13 for a virtual event to celebrate the collective accomplishments of the Department of Education (DepEd) and USAID Philippines in improving early grade reading and literacy in the country this past year, amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through its ABC+: Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines Project, USAID worked with DepEd to improve reading and literacy, math, and social and emotional skills for early grade children (K-3) in Regions V (Bicol) and Region VI (Western Visayas).  USAID also worked in coordination with the Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education for activities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. 

“By working together, we have supported DepEd in implementing innovative strategies to improve early grade literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional learning.  Through ABC+ we will work together to reach up to two million students in Regions V, VI and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” said Sean Callahan, Acting Mission Director of USAID Philippines.

USAID’s support includes interventions to improve early grade instruction and delivery systems, access to quality materials, and education system capacity.  Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, USAID has supported the implementation of DepEd’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan at the early grade level. 

To date, the USAID-DepEd partnership has produced and distributed nearly four million supplementary reading materials to more than 250,000 students; trained over 10,000 teachers, supervisors and school administrators; developed and adapted nearly 500 leveled readers in several mother tongue languages and in English; and produced 64 television-based and radio-based instructional materials. 

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, in her remarks, said that “ABC+ is an example of the many initiatives that made schoolyear 2020 and 2021 possible. A collaboration with USAID, this partnership covering Regions V and VI and a division of Maguindanao focuses on improving reading and literacy of math and social and emotional skills for early grade children…. today we will witness a glimpse of the success of this partnership that has helped us achieve what we were able to do during the past year.”

“The efforts and innovative practices brought to us by this partnership will be taken forward in this incoming school year. We need to embrace innovation, we need to engage with partners and USAID is a shining example, and stakeholders to collectively develop innovative solutions that will help us overcome challenges.”

USAID and DepEd are also assisting teachers in project sites to develop appropriate remedial measures to address gaps in reading skills.  As a result, children gain the ability to progress towards their actual grade level or become “reading ready” during the school year.  

To streamline the training and professional development of teachers, the partnership also developed the NEAP Professional Development Information System that enables teachers to participate in training programs, take pre- and post-tests, complete evaluations and receive their certificates online.

The ABC+ project will continue for three more years and aims to benefit two million early grade learners in its focus areas.  The project is a partnership of USAID and DepEd, implemented by RTI International, in collaboration with The Asia Foundation, SIL Lead and Florida State University.


  1. Jenny Labutap says:

    So nice naman po ng USAID and DepEd dahil they celebrate Joint Successes para mas maimprove Ang Early Grade Learning sa ating bansa. This is very helpful po Lalo na ngayong online class. Napakahalaga talaga Ng edukasyon sa isang bata. At mas ok din ito para mas matuto sila 🥰

  2. Lizel Tejares Purcia says:

    The collective accomplishments of the Department of Education (DepEd) and USAID Philippines improving early grade reading and literacy in the country which is so nice to hear. Despite of this pandemic it is great that DepEd are still hardworking for the future of all students.Thank you very much Dep Ed.

  3. Chriss Tabamo says:

    I already read this Blog, nakipagtulungan ang USAID sa DepEd upang mapagbuti ang mga kasanayan sa pagbasa at literasi, matematika, at panlipunan at emosyonal para sa mga bata. Ang USAID at DepEd ay tumutulong din sa mga guro sa mga site ng proyekto upang makabuo ng mga naaangkop na hakbang sa pag-aayos upang matugunan ang mga puwang sa mga kasanayan sa pagbasa. Lalo na Ngayong pandemic talagang napakalaking tulong po nito para sa kanila..

  4. Thanks for sharing this Mommy Lou, For Knowing this Amazing And Awesome Unity, USAID and DepEd Joint was really Nice and absolutely Big help po talaga for Everyone, not only for the Parents for helping our Child to be More Grow, but most Importantly is for all the Children Students having a More Knowledge in our study in all kind of Subject.. surely Worth to support this Kind of Opportunity…

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