The journey of the young minds and the growth of their mental ability to learn has been the concern of the Department of Education, National Educators Academy of the Philippines, and USAID. Despite the absence of face-to-face classes due to the worldwide health crisis, this was never the stumbling block of the three agencies to pursue the continuous growth of the kids to learn and enhance their reading skills and ability to learn in the absence of a teacher physically present.
The tri-party has been advocating the need for the young minds to nourish at their young stage of growth where it matters most, to be able to absorb the right learning skills. Literacy at this stage is where the foundation must be laid.
USAID has been providing the ABC+ or its Advancing Basic Education where more than 10,000 beneficiaries from the Education sector primarily the teachers, school heads, supervisors, and principals, and provided 9 million early grade learning materials.
Lucky recipients for this program were public schools in Regions V and VI, namely the Bicol Region and the Western Visayas where the tri-parties focused on the how-to further develop and strengthen Literacy and Reading in light of the heightened difficulties brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The selected public schools in the said regions were able to focus on the adoption of technology using the internet as a medium of learning, with the new innovations and initiatives strengthening literacy instruction at the early grade level in the context of the new normal. 400 projects headed by the School Teachers attended the USAID-led “Instructional Leadership Training: Strengthening Learning Conditions for Early Literacy.”
The training focused on developing literacy leaders who can foster a positive school climate and conditions integrating social and emotional learning, gender equity and social inclusion, and developmentally appropriate practices to support quality literacy instruction. USAID officials, DepEd representatives, teachers, and officials from DepEd Regions V and VI, and other key partners and stakeholders attended the conference.
The event featured multiple activities, including a virtual poster and video exhibition of project initiatives, a virtual area featuring USAID-supported early grade learning materials, and read-aloud events featuring books in Filipino, English, and mother tongue languages developed through USAID support. The conference also included discussions on literacy leadership, home partners’ literacy programs, school climate, and gender equality and social inclusion.
The awarding of winners was set as the culminating part of the 3-day online event held last December 10, 2021, during a virtual conference. The winners are as follows :
|Region 6||Joy Anne B. Cepriano||Project REAL||Banilad Elementary School, District of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental|
|Region 6||Ma. Jennifer B. Agapita and Julius Oberes||Project REACH||Spur-2 Elementary School, District of Calatrava, Negros Occidental|
|Region 6||Javeen J. Gamala||Project on Home Learning Partners’ Engagement in Improving G1 Learners Reading Level in Mother Tongue||Langoni Elementary School, District of Cauayan II, Negros Occidental|
|Region 6||Hazel Tolentino||Project Literacy Enhancement Program @ The New Normal||Cudangdang Elementary School, District of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental|
|Region 6||Lea Mae D. Abella, Eden M. Alcala, and Yvette F. Yeso||Project BL Tech: Basic Literacy Through Technology||San Isidro Elementary School, District of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental|
|Region 6||Dr. Eva Fabraquel, Mary Joy G. Gutierez, Aurea F. Losanta, and Marilou Loyola||Project Catch Them Before They Fall||Tanza Elementary School, Tanza Gua, Roxas City|
|Region 5||Ruel T. Dominguez||Project Aralin (Advocacy on Revitalizing Awareness on Literacy in the New Normal Through Storytelling||Malatap Elemenatary School, Labo West District|
|Region 5||Lea B. Dado||Project Parent Na, Teacher Pa (Reading Program to Assist Home Learning Partners Through the Use of LEA and Marungko Approach||Calayucay Elementary School, Sto. Domingo, Albay|
|Region 5||Cherry D. Luces||Project SMK (Syllable Mastery in Katon Way)||Calongay Elementary School, Pilar IV District, Sorsogon|
|Region 5||Grant A. Bonum|
Marimyn Olga C. Magistrado
Wilma M. Ojeda
|Project Easter (Enhance Ability for Sustainable Task for Emerging Readers)||Mabilo Elementary School|
Fundado Elementary School
Malasugui Elementary School
|Region 5||Minerva Abasula|
|Project SHELL (School Head Engagement in Learning Literacy)||Anita V. Romero Elementary School|
Zurbano Elementary School
Public Schools District of Daet South
It is with the highest gratitude to the USAID, the National Educators Academy of the Philippines, hand in hand with the Department of Education has continued to roll out such programs that enrich our young generations which will be the heroes of the future.
USAID has been helping the Philippines and the Local Government for the past 60 years in helping us achieve early learning ability for our children. The USAID has invested around P200M plus for this. USAID Advancing Basic Education (ABC+) project, has trained more than 10,000 teachers, school heads, supervisors and principals, and provided 9 million early grade learning materials since 2019.