For school year 2015-2016, 252 students have completed the Binhi English Literacy Project of Lao Foundation in partnership with Binhi English Literacy Foundation. 15 classes consisting of 2 kit-0 classes, 8 kit-1 classes, and 5 kit-2 classes were established at the beginning of the school year then remedial classes were conducted for 120 days or 24 weeks. Last March 15, 16, 17, 18 and 30 culminating activities for the project were held in the different sponsored schools and barangays.
This English Literacy Project is now on its 4th year and has benefited 915 non-reader and slow reader pupils.
15 of the 252 “graduates” this year are day care students of Barangay 894 and Brgy 898, Sta. Ana, Manila who finished the Kit-0 Pre Reading Program and are now able to recognize the letters in the alphabet.
237 are Grades 2 and 3 pupils of Bagumbayan Elementary School and Libis Elementary School in Quezon City, Tomas Earnshaw Elementary School in Sta. Ana, Manila, and San Ramon Elementary School in Canlubang Laguna. These pupils who finished the Kit-1 – Beginning Reading Program and Kit-2 – Independent Reading Program are now equipped with the necessary reading skills to be able to read on their own.
The reading skill improvements were not only noticed by the teachers, BINHI volunteers and Lao Foundation, but by the parents themselves. During testimonials, most of the parents expressed their gratitude as they recognized the improvement in their children’s reading skills. A parent testified that she was surprised that her child who attended the LFI-Binhi English Literacy classes is now more adept in reading English words than her child in grade 5! Another proud parent said that her child is now included in the top 5 of her regular class!
Lisa Tinio-Bayot (BINHI Founder), Aissa Montecillo (BINHI volunteer) imparted the message for the students to continue enhancing their reading skills, and Paul Alfaro (LFI) emphasized to the parents their vital role of making sure that attendance of their children in this project is given top priority.
As an African proverb goes “It takes a village to raise a child,” with this project, it takes the school (teachers and principal), the parents, the students, BINHI Foundation and LAO Foundation (and its donors) to make a child be able to read and make this project a success.