REACH­ING THE UNSERVED AND THE UN­DER­SERVED: HATID DUNONG FOR CHIL­DREN WITH SPE­CIAL NEEDS AND OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTHS

Mar­ween Terry E. Pas­cual

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PARALLEL SESSION -

San Jose City Li­brary & In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter Email ad­dress: ter­[email protected]­hoo.com Ab­stract

The Hatid Dunong Pro­gram was con­cep­tu­al­ized by a friend of the li­brary, an out­stand­ing San Jose­nian, Brig. Gen­eral Rafael Rueda, Jr., back in 2012. The in­tended par­tic­i­pants were the barangay folks and stu­dents of San Jose City schools in Nueva Ecija. To this day, it has evolved into an in­te­gral part of the out­reach ac­tiv­ity of the li­brary.

The city li­brary con­ducts Hatid Dunong to dif­fer­ent barangays, es­pe­cially in ar­eas where there are a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of chil­dren with dis­abil­ity and out of school youth. Staff from the li­brary per­son­ally vis­its the home of a child with dis­abil­ity who can­not af­ford to go to Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion class. Li­brary ma­te­ri­als, such as books and ed­u­ca­tional toys, are pro­vided dur­ing the out­reach ac­tiv­ity. Sto­ry­telling ses­sions, ba­sic learn­ing, and tu­tor­ing are con­ducted dur­ing home vis­its. This ac­tiv­ity is done twice a week in six months. After the 6-month pro­gram, a thanks­giv­ing and grad­u­a­tion day is held to rec­og­nize the ef­forts of the chil­dren and also the par­ents who have sup­ported the pro­gram.

An­other part of the Hatid Dunong pro­gram is in sup­port with the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDG) of the na­tional gov­ern­ment. The li­brary was tapped by the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment to be a part­ner in car­ry­ing out the ob­jec­tive of SDG. Once a week, the li­brary staff go to an iden­ti­fied slum area where sto­ry­telling and value for­ma­tion classes are held. Chil­dren are gath­ered in an area where an in­for­mal class is con­ducted. The li­brary staff be­come teach­ers for an hour or two to these chil­dren. Snacks are given after each class, thereby feed­ing not only the mind and spirit but also the body.

The Hatid Dunong pro­grams of the City li­brary has not only reached the unserved and un­der­served mem­bers of the so­ci­ety but have cre­ated aware­ness among the com­mu­nity of San Jose City.

Key­words: Hatid Dunong; out­reach pro­grams; city li­brary

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