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Search is on for Literacy Awards

by Andrew Doga-ong

La Trinidad, Benguet (13 February) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) are now accepting nominations for the 2010 National Literacy Awards (NLA) program.

DepEd Memorandum No. 28 enjoins DepEd regional directors and chiefs of Alternative Learning System (ALS) to spearhead the nomination and selection process at the regional level.

The Schools Division Superintendents, ALS Supervisors and District Coordinators,on the other hand, are enjoined to identify and encourage non-government organizations and local government units with promising literacy programs to join the Awards.

Dr. Norma Salcedo, head of the LCC Secretariat said this year's NLA has two categories: the Outstanding Literacy Program Award and the Outstanding Local Government Unit Award.

The Outstanding Literacy Program Award shall be given to a literacy program being implemented by a non-government or civic organization, academic institution, which has evident positive impact on the learners and the community. The program should have contributed to the transformation of learners into productive and more responsible community members.

The Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) Award shall be given to a LGU or city government which has developed policies, programs and projects conducive to literacy development and which have efficaciously made a positive impact on the community and the quality of life of the people.

To be fair in the assessment in the LGUs' efforts in promoting literacy, the Outstanding LGU level category will be subdivided into highly urbanized cities, component cities, first to 3rd class municipalities and 4th to 6th class municipalities.

Salcedo said the Regional Selection Committee will evaluate all nomination entries from the different school divisions using the new criteria and guidelines for selection. Submission of the final regional nominee for each category to the LCC is on or before May 6, 2010.

Presidential trophies and cash prices await the NLA winners which will be known during National Literacy Week celebration in September.

Dr. Gloria Felipe, chief of the ALS division in the Cordillera Administrative Region said, so far the region received a total of 13 awards in the NLA program since its launching in 1994.

The NLA is in line with the national government's commitment to achieve one of the Millennium Development Goals of reducing adult illiteracy by 50 percent in 2015. (PIA) [top]

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