- DepEd partnered with World Vision in “Brigada Pagbasa to address lack of reading skills of Filipino children
- Even with high literacy rate, DepEd doesn’t want any Filipino child left behind
- Parents play a critical role as first line educators to their children, thus it is important they spend time with them in reading
The Department of Education (DepEd) collaborated with World Vision on a project “Brigada Pagbasa” which was launched on Wednesday. It aims to improve Filipino reading kills among children.
“Brigada Pagbasa: Sama-sama, Tulong-tulong sa Pagpapapaunlad ng Kultura ng Pagbasa” aims to convene educators, lawmakers and stakeholders to enhance Filipino literacy skills.
It was learned that 2% of Filipinos don’t know how to read or still find challenges in it. According to the United Nations Human Development Report of 2016, Philippines belong to one of the highest literacy rates in Southeast Asia at 97.95%. But DepEd is not complacent about it.
“Maski isa pa lamang po yan na hindi gaano marunong magbasa pero hindi niya nauunawaaan ang kanyang binabasa ay madami na po yan. Gusto po natin walang batang maiiwan, ” Tonisito Umali, DepEd undersecretary said.
World Vision executive director Rommel Fuerte added, “We have an unfortunate reality where some Filipinos, both young and old, are still struggling with their literacy skills. To become literate is an important component in the development of children especially in this fast-paced, technology-driven age.” He then encouraged parents who play a big role in the process to take time with their children and teach them how to read.
The project includes creation of books to be used by public school teachers as their resources. Even the Philippine National Police has taken part in this program which has already started in Manila by utilizing their mobile library car.
Once everything has been finalized, World Vision and DepEd will implement Brigada Pagbasa at the Philippine International Literary Forum and at the national, regional, and division levels by November as part of the celebration of National Celebration Month.