Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Holcim Sends 30 Teachers to Remedial Reading Training

Portion of the cash generated from the donated ULABs of Holcim Philippines – La Union Plant was allocated to sponsor the remedial reading training fees of 30 teachers from their 9 adopted public elementary schools in the municipalities of Bacnotan, Balaoan and Luna. The 2-day training was held last May in La Union.

Darigayos Elem School’s principal, Mr. Edwin Aquino, sent four of his teachers to the training and he was really grateful for the opportunity given to their school. “Malaking tulong po ito sa mga teachers namin. Natuto talaga sila ng mga bagong techniques na puwedeng gamitin upang mas epektibo ang pagtuturo sa mga bata kung paano magbasa.”

In 2004, the problem on reading surfaced when the results of the Philippine Informal Reading Inventory or Phil-IRI showed that significant number of elementary students have poor competencies in reading.

Indeed, English proficiency is critical in learning as other key subjects such as Science and Mathematics use English in textbooks and other reference materials. Poor reading often results in poor learning. Thus, it is in this reason that aside from teachers training, Project LEAP adopted also the provision of remedial reading camps as one of its components.