In the news, Parents are encouraged to join the Department of Education (DepEd) in its mission to make every child a reader.
During Tuesday’s virtual celebration of the regional Reading Day in Western Visayas, DepEd regional director Ma. Gemma M. Ledesma in her message said the shift of roles of teaching the students from teachers to parents amid the health pandemic “has a great impact on the improvement of the reading competencies of our school children”.
She added that there is a need to strengthen the reading program in schools, especially in Kindergarten up to Grade III.
Parents, she said, should try to provide their “children at home every learning opportunity that they get”.
“Any reading material will be the start of the child’s love for reading. If a parent reads to the child on a regular basis, then they will undoubtedly develop a stronger relationship with them. Children feel the reassurance, love, attention when parents read to them,” she added.
The regional celebration was highlighted by virtual storytelling featuring Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya O. Mateo, who hails from Balasan, Iloilo.
She was joined by selected learners from the EB Magalona Elementary School in Negros Occidental, Tanza Elementary school in Roxas City, and Iloilo Central Elementary School and Montes I Elementary, both from this city.
Assisted by their parents, learners listened to Mateo as she reads the “Covibook” translated in Hiligaynon that was written by Manuela Molina Cruz and published by Mindheart.
The short storytelling was followed by an interaction with the beauty queen asking the learners questions about the story.
Mateo, before becoming the country’s bet to the Miss Universe pageant, worked as a lecturer in a review center for Physical Therapy and a member of the group that promotes “Feed Me and I read You Program” benefiting learners of the Feliciana Java Kelly Elementary School in this city.
Meanwhile, apart from the celebration of Reading Day, every November is also considered as Reading and National Book Development Month while the National Book Week is celebrated every fourth week of this month.
“This year’s launch of the reading month is a testament that tireless men and women in the education sector with all friends and partners from everywhere focus on literacy will continue to consider literacy as a major force to help prepare generation and future generations in all likelihood to a doorway of better tomorrow,” Said Luz Delos Reyes, Schools Division Superintendent of the Division of Iloilo City in her message.
The celebration was also supported by the United States Agency for International Development, The Asia Foundation, and RMN Iloilo.
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