Thursday, 08 December 2011 12:18
“Books are like lighthouses built in the vast sea of opportunities. These gifts are valuable contribution as we seek knowledge,” April Joy Calanza, Grade VI, says as he spoke in behalf of the school children during recent book turn-over at Teresita Elementary School in South Cotabato
Indeed, a timely gift for students as they face the challenges of going to school in this remote village. Assorted story books and textbooks were given by Nestle' and partners to support the school's remedial reading program.
The book gifts which will be used in reading camps is designed to help students develop improved reading skills and comprehension. “These books will really help us in developing reading habits, widen our imaginations, learn and discover other cultures and people,” April Joy emphasized.
Excitement mark the faces of students as they begun scanning pages of the story books immediately after the simple turn-over ceremony. Josh, a Grade II student got hold of a colored book with animal story on it. “Beautiful, you will really learn and enjoy reading,” he said in local dialect.
Teresita Elementary School serves mostly farmers' children in South Cotabato. School records revealed that Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (Phil-IRI) findings showed an increasing number of frustrated readers in Grades 2 to Grade 6. At least 49.4% of the students were considered non-readers and frustrated level readers.
With the remedial reading program, unified efforts of teachers in school and parents doing follow-up activities for children at home has been strengthened to reverse the current trend.
By Danny Escabarte
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