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PIA Press Release
2006/10/16

M2AKSI to address illiteracy in Mt Province

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC,Mt. Province (16 October) -- The Department of Education Division office here headed by Schools Division Superintendent Teresita M. Velasco recently came up with Project M2AKSI (Makasurat ya Makabasa Amin Koma Sin Iiyon-a) in n response to Executive Order No. 60 requiring graduating high school students and student teachers in the lone tertiary education institution in the province to teach at least one illiterate elder or an out-of-school youth how to read and write before they could graduate.

This program is an ingenious intervention scheme which seeks to address the illiteracy problem in the province and eventually would lead to the improvement of the quality of life of the constituents of Mt. Province .

As statistics show, there was a decline in the literacy rate in Mt. Province during the past few years prompting Gov. Maximo B. Dalog to issue such directive. There is also a decline in the cohort-survival of students as reflected in the Education Management Information System of the DepEd Division Office. Youngsters who had no opportunity to go to school have very limited options for any economic enterprise to upgrade their life.

To implement this program, language and other interested teachers, CAT facilitators, and student mentors shall undergo trainings on the 4A’S (activity, analysis, abstraction and application) approach to teaching Reading and Writing.

Student mentors shall select possible mentees in their respective barangays based on pre-obtained COMELEC data. They also conduct mentoring sessions after class hours during the day only and during weekends or holidays.

Student mentors shall be credited for their work in this program, in English, Filipino and CAT subjects while services rendered by teachers during weekend shall be compensated with service credits granted by the division Office.

Language teachers from private schools whose service are required shall be recognized by the Division Office and compensation shall be provided depending on the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the participating private school and the Division Office

Program implementers believe that not knowing how to read and write is a handicap but can be solved through a concerted effort of local heads, educators and the community.

This province wide educational program aims to establish measures to significantly decrease illiteracy in the province; encourage secondary and BS Education graduating students to teach at least one illiterate in their respective barangay to read and write; foster better relations between and among elementary, secondary school teachers providing an avenue for cooperation and coordination for a common cause; and strengthen partnership between Local Government Units and educational institutions in improving educational opportunities in the province.

The realization of the program’s goals and objectives greatly depends on the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved in the implementation of the program. At the frontlines are students who may have the skills and eagerness to teach, but they would still need keen supervision of teachers who are more experienced in the task. (PIA-MP) [top]

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