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PIA Press Release
2007/09/19

Rotary Club of Japan donates US$.3M to DepEd

Pasig City (19 September) -- The Rotary International District 2680 of Japan, recently turned-over a US$300,000 donation to the Department of Education (DepEd) to help improve the writing and reading comprehension of some 500,000 elementary school students in four city divisions in the National Capital Region.

The donation is in support of Rotary District International 3800's Concentrated Language Encounter (CLE) literacy international service project. The CLE literacy program is an interactive teaching method where language instruction is done through text and activity-based modules. Through the CLE, pupils quickly learned to read and write by creating and acting out words and stories, or singing songs.

The recipients of the CLE project were the Division of City Schools of Mandaluyong, Malabon/ Navotas and Marikina City where more than half a million grade school pupils stand to benefit from the project.

Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus who received the donation from past district governor Yoshima Ishii of the Rotary International District of Japan said the results of the CLE is very encouraging as shown by the significant improvement in the pupils' comprehension skills and language proficiency. Marikina's grade 3 students topped in the recent National Capital Region-wide reading proficiency test for school year 2006-2007 with an average of 78.74 percent.

"We thank the Rotary Club for their serious commitment to help improve literacy among our public school students," Lapus said.

The formal turnover of he donation was recently held at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, Department of Education central office. It was graced by PDG Antonio G. Puyat, RID-3800 CLE Committee chairman; PDG Ishii of RID-2680 of Japan and Sec Lapus who was the guest of honor and speaker. (DepEd) [top]

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