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DepED Zambo Norte urges mayors, barangay captains to support literacy program

Dipolog City (16 October) -- Zamboanga del Norte Schools Division Superintendent Habib Adzhar H. Sarahadil has called on the mayors and barangays officials to support the government's literacy program.

In an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) recently, Sarahadil underscored the important role played by the local government units (LGUs) in the success of eradicating illiteracy in every town or barangay.

Although some municipalities in the province have already given their all-out support to the literacy programs implemented by DepED's Alternative Learning System (ALS), other towns have yet to follow suit, the superintendent observed.

Sarahadil also disclosed that the literacy training the ALS is giving to the learners does not only focus on teaching them how to read, write and count, but it also ventures them to some livelihood activities.

According to Sarahadil the support from other government agencies as well as civic organizations is needed to accomplish and achieve the goals of literacy program. He even quoted DepED Secretary Jesli Lapus as saying, "It takes the whole village to educate a child."

DepED had made literacy classes accessible to the learners especially the out-of-school youth by assigning ALS coordinators and mobile teachers to all school districts in the province.

In a related development, the Philippine government has declared its strong support to the United Nations' Literacy Decade with the end in view of ensuring that by 2015 all children including those in "difficult circumstances" and those belonging to ethnic minorities to have access to free and compulsory primary education. (PIA-ZN) [top]

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