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postheadericon Scholastic, STVPS partnership to increase Reading Literacy

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By: Miss Joy Anne R. Puazo

To have zero reading illiteracy rate, Scholastic, a publishing company, conducted Assessment and Enrichment Program (AEP) training to Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parochial School (STVPS) teachers from pre-school to grade 10 levels last May 25-27, at STVPS computer laboratory, spearheaded by Ms. Catherine Mary Rose Bautista, Program Area Supervisor, Ms. Marie Marguerite Yuhico and Ms. Rose BenadineEsternon, Program Consultants.

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    According to National Statistics Office’s 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), 97.5% of the 71.5 million individuals who are 10 years old and older were literate or could read and write—an increase from the 2000 CPH record of 92.3%.
    However, in spite of the outgrowing number of Filipinos who can read and write, many articles had been established questioning the reading literacy rate of many Filipino youth including Juan Miguel Luz, a writer in Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, asking why Filipinos weren’t able to develop the habit of reading.
    Moreover, according to the research studied by John Michael B. Cacheroand Glenda G. Salem, Intermediate pupils were at below average when it comes to reading comprehension and vocabulary.

    According to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO 2011), cited in the study of Salem and Cachero, to be able to read is not to measure the literacy in reading. Rather, one must learn to understand or comprehend what he reads, applies, integrates ad synthesizes.

Eliminating Illiterate Readers
    Because of the increasing number of illiterate readers, Scholastic had developed an Assessment and Enrichment Program (AEP) for schools to develop the habit of reading to Filipino youth.


    AEP will be one of the new programs offered by STVPS to its young learners to help them assess their reading comprehension level and develop love for reading through giving them reading materials that matches their reading ability as well as teach them skills to the level of their competencies.
Scholastic trained STVPS teachers from reminding teachers their goals as educators to technical aspects of the program.
AEP will eliminate illiterate readers through guided practice of skills to independent learning of the students.
    It will act as a supplementary materials for subject areas that students may find challenging.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:46)