218 attend ‘Bright Minds’ seminar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 15:17

At least 218 teachers and principals from Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Sulu attended the two-day seminar dubbed “Bright Minds, Teaching Beginning Reading” held at Hotel Preciosa along Mayor Jaldon St., this city.

Moby Pandi, Chief of Staff from the office of the Assistant Secretary for Programs of the ARMM, disclosed ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and ARMM Department of Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan have initiated the literacy program sponsored by Ronald Mcdonald House Charities to help the grade 1 pupils learn and read comprehensively.

Pandi said Kulayan has identified 307 schools in the ARMM province where grade 1 teachers and the principals have been instructed to attend the seminar workshop.

Joyce Gacutan, Ronald Mcdonald House Charities Executive Director said eight professors from the University of the Philippines have been invited to lecture and train the grade 1 teachers the four-prong approach to teach the children how to read and learn faster with the assistance of the reading kit.   

According to Gacutan, at the end of the seminar teachers will be provided with the reading materials composed of at least 33 big books donated by Adarna Publishing Company.

She said the first seminar was attended by more than 400 teachers from Cotabato and Lanao.

Gacutan said the Ronald Mcdonald House Charities has already assisted 3,900 schools all over the country identified by DepEd to have low literacy rates.

“We are happy to report that this program is very successful. Based from monitoring children in the Bicol Region has increased its reading comprehensions by 43 percent. We are very optimistic this program will also improve the reading skills of the pupils in the ARMM,” Gacutan emphasized.

She said the Mcdonalds company has three kinds of programs and its vision is to assist the people in the entire country. The programs include Bright Minds Read, Bahay Bulilit and Bigay Tulong Program.