Friday, 25 March 2011 14:58
As part of her advocacy for reading, House Deputy Speaker and District I Representative Beng Climaco the other day took time out to be with children of Salum Elementary School in San Roque and spearheaded a Read Along activity, a learning and reading program intended to promote reading habits among the youth.
Done in partnership with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Read Along event was followed by a writers’ workshop on news writing and feature writing at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) and was participated by campus journalists from different schools in the city.
Representatives and writers from the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) based in Manila came over Zamboanga to join the congresswoman during the Read Along event which was launched August last year at the Regional Science High School in San Roque.
The launching then was highlighted by the signing of a memorandum of agreement that will entitle the RSHS and other chosen national high schools as well as barangay halls in District I, a readers’ nook with PDI newspaper copies courtesy of Cong. Climaco.
Cong. Climaco said the program will be an important tool for the enhancement of learning and reading habits in the different schools. “Literacy is a very important issue we have to address, because of the entry of other forms of media such as internet, the students either listen to music or watch television and have less time to read books”.
The project forms part of the lady solon’s commitment to education by helping make reading a life-long habit.
Cong. Climaco emphasized that the project aims to provide the needed materials to effectively motivate students to read, encourage good reading habits and strengthen reading skills. The project will be funded by part of Cong. Climaco’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
Meanwhile, teachers and school children of Salum Elementary School expressed delight in being part of the Read Along event saying it is a very rare opportunity for a member of the House of Representatives to be spearheading a reading activity in such a school.
“The students consider themselves as very lucky for no less than Cong. Climaco taught them reading and writing”, one teacher declared.
By Rham Joseph Cabasag
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