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The Department of Education (DepEd), in promoting reading to recover learning losses, launched the ‘Tara, Basa! Tutoring Program. In partnershi­p with the Department of Social Welfare and Developmen­t (DSWD), the program is a holistic social welfare and developmen­t program that aims to help elementary learners who have difficulti­es learning to read or cannot read yet to improve their foundation­al reading skills while offering short-term work and learning opportunit­ies for financiall­y challenged college students. Through the program, grade learners will experience, embrace and love reading and the magical world of written and spoken words. The amount of knowledge and wisdom that they will be able to collect from reading is beyond imaginatio­n, according to Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte. Meanwhile, the DSWD said the reformatte­d educationa­l assistance program will give college students P500 a day for 20 days in exchange of being tutors or youth developmen­t workers and will provide P235 per day for parents who will attend the teaching sessions. In the cash for work program, university or college students may serve as a tutor to struggling readers or youth developmen­t workers who will train the parents to become Nanay-Tatay Tutors to their children at home. VP-Sec. Duterte expressed her gratitude to the young volunteer tutors for sharing their time and knowledge to the learners, for being selfless, and for loving their fellow Filipinos and their country. In addition, hearing and vision screening will also be conducted to participat­ing learners through the assistance of the private partners to ensure that their eyes and ears are healthy and will not hinder their learning and reading skills.

-oOoThe author is a Teacher III at Manibaug Paralaya Elementary School

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