US providing P126-M for Filipino children’s education during COVID-19 pandemic

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  • The US government will provide P126-M for PH education support
  • The amount has been allotted to help teachers, students and parents
  • The support will be given through USAID

MANILA, Philippines – The United States government is providing P126-M to the Philippines in support of Filipino children’s education during the pandemic crisis through its U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The amount will be allocated for providing teachers with instruction strategies and learning materials designed both for school and home learning environments. At the same time, USAID will also assist the Department of Education (DepEd) in developing “rapid, easy-to-use assessment tools for teachers to gauge and support students’ literacy skills” once face-to-face learning becomes available.

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“The U.S. government, through USAID, remains committed to ensuring young students have the opportunity to continue to learn despite the challenges that COVID-19 has created,” said a statement from USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy.

As for the parents, USAID is also ready to support programs that they can implement at home while strengthening the capacity of teachers to support them in “effective home learning activities to reinforce language comprehension.”

USAID will also partner with private sector and local media companies to help disseminate advice through radio broadcasts and other platforms on how to help children continue learning during school closures.

The Education department has been gearing to adopt various alternative learning delivery programs such as blended learning, distance learning and other options as it planned to open schools in August amid the ongoing corona virus crisis.

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So far, more than 10 million students have already registered for enrollment in both private and public schools; still a far cry from last year’s 27 million.

However, both parents and DepEd are struggling to provide students and teachers with gadgets and laptops that they can use in online learning while several areas across the country remain without internet connection.