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ARMM pupils reading skills promoted for better future

ICC Cotabato City (23 October) -- The improvement of the reading skills of grades 1 and 2 pupils is getting the right push from the Department of Education (DepEd). Basic Education Assistance to Mindanao (BEAM), Education Quality and Access to Learning and Livelihood Skills (EQuALLS) and USAID knowing that equipping children with the basics in reading is a tool for a better future.

For the continuing phase of the course, the 5th Cycle Training on ARMM Beginning Reading for some 127 teachers and elementary school officials, superintendents and supervisors in the ARMM provinces and cities which have high prevalence of poverty and illiteracy was held in Cotabato City last week.

To start with, the program was conceived when DepEd officials together with BEAM Australian advisers and director visited Australia to observe schools and good practices in education, according to Geneva Clenacion-Hajal, ARMM reading coordinator. As an output, Hajal said, the action plan output focused on the beginning reading program to help accelerate the fairly poor performance of ARMM students in the National Achievement Test.

Cycles 1 and 2 involved the participation of grade 1 teachers and Cycles 3 and 4 saw the involvement of grade 2 teachers so with the latest training, Cycle 5, Hajal pointed out.

What is good about the training, BEAM school adviser Deborrah Moulton said, is that the ideas for the implementation of the program come from the participants themselves. They recommended a simple training module, she continued.

Ms Moulton admitted that results will not come overtime. It will take some years. We at BEAM and our partners are ready to take this challenge to reach our objectives to see the fruits of our labor with the English Reading Proficiency program gaining grounds among the pupils through their teachers who have become active participants in the course. (PIA 12) [top]

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