Manila Bulletin

DepEd Sarangani mobilizes volunteers to assist learners


DAVAO CITY – As quarantine restrictio­ns prevent teachers from going to the hinterland­s, the Department of Education (DepEd) Sarangani Division is mobilizing volunteers to assist learners particular­ly in the indigenous communitie­s.

Almost 40 percent of the learners in the province belong to the indigenous peoples (IP) and are in need of assistance since many of the parents are struggling readers, according to DepEd official in the province.

Through its Read at Home Program, volunteers will assist the learners particular­ly from kindergart­en to third grade level, said program coordinato­r John Jerson Constantin­o.

The program is also calling for volunteers 18 years old and above to assist the learners from kindergart­en to third grade level.

“The program is just a continuati­on of the division’s reading program at schools except that it is now being implemente­d at the homes of the learners,” Constantin­o said.

During the time when the schools were still having the face-face classes, the higher grade levels were holding reading tutorials to the kindergart­en to third grade levels. “This is the same concept except that we are now doing this at homes.”

Constantin­o clarified that the volunteers must be from within the community, citing quarantine restrictio­n policies.

Aside from the Sanggunian­g Kabataan volunteers, he said that groups such as the Rotaract Club of General Santos City, Sarangani Big Brother, Conrado Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc. (CLAFI), and Tuklas Katutubo have also signified their intention to send volunteers.

The Sarangani Division has 320 schools serving the towns of Alabel, Glan, Kiamba, Maasim, Maitum, Malapatan, and Malungon. Over half of these schools are serving IP communitie­s.

In Malungon town, the local government has mobilized at least 600 of its scholars to assist the young learners.

Every scholar is allowed to assist up to three learners only and must be within 50 meter-radius from the tutor’s residence, according to the local government’s guideline.

Dr. Donna Panes, Curriculum Implementa­tion Division chief, pointed out that quarantine restrictio­ns have prevented the teachers from visiting the schools in the remote areas.

Panes added that they have also tapped some high school students to assist the young learners in their respective communitie­s.

The division has recorded at least 52,000 enrollees belonging to the tribe from kindergart­en to senior high school, Panes bared. “And about 70 to 80 percent of their parents could not read or write.”

For this school year, the division has recorded 134, 120 enrollees from kindergart­en to senior high school for public schools, and 4,759 enrollees in private schools.

 ??  ?? A volunteer assists young learners in Kiamba, Sarangani Province. (Photo courtesy of SJ Selabac/ DepEd Sarangani)
A volunteer assists young learners in Kiamba, Sarangani Province. (Photo courtesy of SJ Selabac/ DepEd Sarangani)

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