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US donates P27-M reading materials for PH learners

US donates P27-M reading materials for PH learners

The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), handed over 540,000 early grade reading materials valued at PHP27 million (USD489,000) to the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Bicol region.

USAID Philippines Acting Deputy Mission Director Jennifer Crow and USAID Philippines Education Director Dr. Thomas LeBlanc recently led the handover alongside DepEd Regional head Gilbert Sadsad and other education officials at the Sto. Domingo Central School and Salvacion Elementary School.

“We are working with DepEd so that children who are returning to school have access to age- and context-appropriate learning resources. Our presence here today affirms USAID’s support and commitment to our shared vision of improving education outcomes for Filipino children,” ” LeBlanc said.

The books represent the first batch of materials that USAID is providing to DepEd this school year as part of its Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABC+) project.

These reading materials, which include picture books, storybooks, and leveled readers, are written in mother tongue languages, English, and Filipino to address gaps in the reading practices of young learners.

“The continued support given by USAID’s ABC+ project inspires us. As we receive help from stakeholders, we Bicolanos can give more for the sake of education,” Sadsad said. “We superintendents, assistant schools division superintendents, chiefs, and everyone must really lead in implementing these programs.”