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"Books for the Barrios" visits Isabela City

Isabela City de Basilan -- Armed with cardinal belief that education is the key element in securing economic development and a better quality of life for citizens around the world, couple Tita Nancy and Tito Dan Harrington visited the recipients of their BOOKS for the BARRIOS (BFTB) project, in Isabela City last February 12, 2009. The city has been a beneficiary of this project since 1982.

The Calvario Elementary School and Sunset Elementary School in Isabela City, Basilan are the two recipients of the BFTB where they received educational reading books and video materials, computer units and other facilities.

Passing at every room and fleetingly took over as the pupil's new teacher, the founder and coordinator, Tita Nancy and Tito Dan (as they are fondly called by the pupils) asked the class to strictly recite the school pledge and pointed out on their competence in Journal Writing, the Daily Oral Language or the Basic English learning skills and the Sustain Silent Reading, which are the daily lessons of the pupils under the said project.

Also tagged as "Model of Excellence School", pupils from Calvario Elementary School were hailed by the couple for their academic performance and congratulated the teachers for helping the school elevate its rank in the national assessment from number 42 of last year to a high 9 this year.

The teachers are also scheduled to have a re-training by the semester break.

BOOKS for the BARRIOS began in 1981 among U.S. Navy families who were stationed in the Philippines. From 1981 to 1986, they worked closely with other knowledgeable, motivated volunteers as well as the U.S. Navy and Philippine Airlines to distribute hundreds of thousands of books throughout the Philippines.

Generally, the project objectives are to strengthen public elementary school education worldwide and equal access to quality education to all children, most especially the disadvantaged one. (Isabela CIOPIA-BASULTA) [top]

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