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PIA Press Release
2009/10/23

Literacy makes democracy strong, says Dipolog DepED chief

Dipolog City (23 October) -- City schools division superintendent Teresita E. Cascolan has underscored the importance of literacy for a strong democracy.

This was the gist of her message before the barangay officials, civic and religious leaders, Basic Literacy Program (BLP) learners, members of the regional Alternative Learning System (ALS) evaluating team, teachers and other school officials who converged at Barangay Gulayon whose learning center served as the city schools division's entry to this year's regional search for most outstanding functional community learning center.

"By definition democracy is the rule of the majority," Cascolan said adding that "if we have quality voters we can expect quality results in the elections."

Superintendent Cascolan even emphasized the need to give every voter the chance to know the issues and to learn the significance of his/her vote in every election.

One illustration the lady schools superintendent gave was the would-be scenario if the voters were all illiterate. "Our democracy then would be the rule of the illiterates," she said.

On the other hand, the Department of Education (DepED) continues to strengthen its ALS programs to cater to out-of-school youths as well as those schoolchildren who drop out of school because of poverty, peace and order problems and others.

To reach out to its target clientele, the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) has beefed up the establishment of community learning centers that are accessible to the learners with mobile teachers. It is also tapping the support of all sectors especially the local government officials, non-government organizations, civic and religious groups, academe and well-meaning citizens to help realize the goal of zero illiteracy by 2015. (PIA-ZN) [top]

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