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Educators to honor literacy champions at NLA

by Lyndon Plantilla

Quezon City (8 September) -- Literacy heroes will be feted this week at the National Literacy Awards (NLA).

Held every two years by the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), NLA recognizes organizations and local governments with programs aimed at reducing illiteracy.

Baguio is hosting the awards on Thursday and Friday.

The bottom line is to help the unschooled adults and children survive and become productive members of their communities. Literacy programs teach basic skills to communicate, think critically and creatively, solve problems, use and sustain resources.

NLA has two categories: Outstanding Literacy Program Awards for civic or non-government organizations including academic institutions and Local Government Units Awards for cities and municipalities. All nominees must have literacy policies and programs that have been running for three years or more and improved the lives of their peoples.

Among the literacy programs that were celebrated in the past are SAGIP KAPATID (Secure and Assist the Genuine Indigenous People through Knowledge and Application of Practical Approaches Towards Immediate Development) of Antipolo City which incorporated literacy to livelihood trainings for Dumagat communities, Project REY (Reading Empowers Youth) whose reading clinics turned a large number of children into readers in Tagum City, the Community Learning Center Project and the Barangay AID on Literacy of Tubungan, Iloilo which popularized reading among the poor and its indigenous people and the literacy program for unschooled adults and street children of Agoo, La Union.

LCC is a national policy-making, advisory, and coordinating body that provides over-all policy and program direction to the country's efforts to universalize literacy.

The Council consists of the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippine Normal University (PNU), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Senate, Philippine House of Representatives, and NGOs involved in literacy education. (PIA) [top]

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