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USAID, DepEd unveil classroom library in Ilocos Sur town

SANTA, Ilocos Sur— Representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Education (DepEd)-Ilocos Sur Division unveiled a classroom library for Grade 3 pupils of Mabilbila Integrated School here on Tuesday.

Khristine Sucgang, outreach and communications manager of the USAID-funded Basa Pilipinas project, said the unveiling of a classroom library is part of the USAID’s flagship education project called “Basa Pilipinas.”

It was launched in 2013, in close coordination with the DepEd, with the goal of improving the reading skills of one million Filipino early grade students,” said Sucgang.

Likewise, the project is being implemented in eight school divisions in Regions 1 and 7, and has strengthened the reading skills of 1.8 million students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 students in the Philippines.

In a statement, Sucgang said that USAID is partnering with DepEd to increase availability of quality reading materials in schools by revitalizing classroom libraries and giving students easy access to a wide array of interesting and appropriate books they can read.

USAID has provided over 1.1 million supplementary books for 8,137 classroom libraries in public elementary schools in San Fernando City, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mandaue City, Tagbilaran City and Bohol,” she said.

She added that since September 2017, more than 140,000 books have been distributed to 450 schools in Ilocos Sur benefitting over 73,000 students in Kindergarten to Grade 3. Aside from the unveiling of a classroom library, USAID Office of Education Deputy Chief Jona Lai read a story to over 100 students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 as part of the National Reading Month this November.#