The English Literacy Project of Lao Foundation in the 5 sponsored schools officially ended with a post program assessment held last April 24, 2015 at D&L Training Room. Geared towards the improvement of the project implementation for the coming school year, the 5 sponsored schools in Quezon City, Manila City, and Canlubang, Laguna ---Bagumbayan Elementary School, Libis Elementary School, Philippine Christian Foundation School, Tomas Earnshaw Elementary School and San Ramon Elementary School --- were represented by their principal and teachers who taught the English Literacy Classes.
The post program assessment was successful with each school analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the implementation of the English Literacy Project in their school. Best practices were shared. Among the best practices shared were conducting home visits, texting the parents to get their cooperation in ensuring the attendance of the students in the classes, extending class time if needed, doing team teaching, and using ICT to make the classes more lively, and encouraging more the students to attend their classes.
BINHI Program Results for school year 2014-2015 was presented by Mitch Alvarez, BINHI Program Manager. Ms. Mattie Uylangco, BINHI Executive Director mapped out the key success factors for school performance and participation. The teachers were also asked to individually evaluate the program implemented.
There were other take-home values for the teachers:
1) The talk and mini-workshop of Ms. Nerisa Beltran from the Bureau of Elementary Education of the Department of Education who introduced the Fuller Technique of teaching.
2) The presentation of Ms. Leila Fabella from San Ramon Elementary School on her 2 years action research on the impact of English Literacy Program to their students. This research reached the regional level of competition.
3) Ms. Zeny Domingo from UNESCO who stressed that it would be good to make a longitudinal study on this, extend the action research for 5 years, and do a summative study after 5 years. She is willing to assist, pro bono.
The post program assessment ended with looking forward on what to expect next year and reiteration of the guidelines. LFI challenged the teachers to make efficient use of the fund donated and to find ways to integrate values in the teaching of the English Literacy classes.
“The more you read the more things you know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
After 24 weeks of Binhi English Literacy classes, 249 non-readers and slow readers in grades 2 and 3 completed the Dep-Ed accredited curriculum of Binhi English Literacy Foundation implemented in the 5 schools sponsored by Lao Foundation.
The Binhi English Literacy projects in these 5 schools consist of a total of 14 classes --- 8 in Kit 1-Beginning Reading, and 6 in Kit 2-Independent Reading.
Libis Elementary School – Quezon City
74% or 46 students out of 62 students got the required 80% passing rate and 29 of them got 90% and above rate. 3 students even got perfect scores in the post test.
The culminating program held last March 17, 2015 was graced by Lisa Tinio-Bayot founder of Binhi Foundation. Binhi program manager Mitch Alvarez, and Paul Alfaro, executive director of Lao Foundation also attended the activity and imparted words of encouragement for the students to further enhance the skills that they acquired through the program. In response, three parents from the 3 classes expressed their gratitude to all stakeholders as their children can now read.
Philippine Christian Foundation School – Tondo, Manila
The PCF Chorale, who was also invited to sing during the visit of UK’s Princess Anne, started the culminating program held last March 18, 2015 with their heartwarming doxology and national anthem. The activity was attended by Binhi Foundation founders Lisa Tinio-Bayot and Marissa Lopez-Grassi, PCF General Manager Philip Levine and Lao Foundation executive director Paul Alfaro.
For the 17 students in Kit 2, the program proved to be very successful with 94% (16 out 17) getting 80% and above scores, the highest passing rate among the 5 schools. 82% of this (14 out of 16) got 90% and above scores.
In addition to the books awarded by Lao Foundation to those who got 90% and above scores, PCF School rewarded these students with a brand new set of clothes.
San Ramon Elementary School – Canlubang, Laguna
58 slow reader and non-reader grades 2 and 3 students “graduated” last March 19, 2015. The culminating program was graced by D&L Polymers and Colours representatives Cecille Barte and Kristine Suarez, Binhi Founders Lisa Bayot and Marissa Lopez-Grassi, Paul Alfaro of Lao Foundation, and the school’s Parents-Teachers Association President Mr. Jose Hagos.
Out of the 58 Binhi-Lao Foundation scholars, 18 students got 90% and above in their post-test, 5 of which got perfect scores. The school principal Ms. Raquel Opena said that the English Literacy classes helped boost their Philippine Informal Reading Inventory score. Three (3) parents also attested that their children are now more eager to read and more confident to speak in English.
Cecille Barte and Marissa Lopez-Grassi imparted words of encouragement and thanked the parents, students, and teachers who supported and cooperated to make the program a success.
Tomas Earnshaw Elementary School – Punta, Manila
The culminating program was held last March 23, 2015. Of the 34 students who were able to complete the program, 20 or 59% were able to pass with 80% and above score in the post test. 10 out of these 20 students got 90% and up scores and 3 got perfect scores.
Fil Avendaño and Joey Roxas of Malay Resources Inc. attended the event along with Binhi Founder Lisa T. Bayot and Lao Foundation’s Paul Alfaro. Fil Avendaño imparted some words of wisdom and congratulated the parents. He further encouraged everyone to tell other parents to grab opportunities like the English Literacy Project for their own children.
Bagumbayan Elementary School – Quezon City
From the 4 English Literacy Classes (2 Kit 1 and 2 Kit 2), 78 non readers and non readers in grades 2 and 3 completed the program and “graduated” last March 24, 2015.
Two Kit 2 students were the master of ceremonies during the culminating program which was scripted in English. Another Binhi student conducted the doxology song and national anthem with a group of students. Binhi Foundation founder Lisa Bayot with Binhi volunteers Bing Magsanoc, Bettina Salvador, and Stella Lanuza graced the event together with D&L Group of Companies HRD Director Ramon Taniola. Stella Lanuza who gave the inspirational message was proud to announce the above 20% to 40% improvement between pre-test scores and post test scores of the students. Ramon Taniola further encouraged the students to enhance their fluency in the English language. He started his talk by asking the students who want to go abroad and many students raised their hands. He emphasized that their passport in going abroad is fluency in English.
Over-all, 249 students completed the course. 70% or 175 students passed the program with 80% and above scores. 117 students or 47% got 90% and above scores and 23 students got perfect scores.
These scores were reflected in how the students showcased their acquired English skills through their intermission numbers where the students acted out stories from their reader’s theater while others had group oral recitation of the poems they learned.
Lao Foundation would like to thank the following D&L Group personnel who volunteered their time and assisted in the pre-test, mid-test, and post-test of the students:
List of volunteers per site.
Bagumbayan Elementary School
Libis Elementary School
Tomas Earnshaw Elementary School
Philippine Christian Foundation
San Ramon Elementary School
After 24 weeks, 274 pupils under the LFI-BINHI English Literacy Project underwent their post testing examinations. These were done for the grades 2 and 3 pupils of Libis Elementary School, Tomas Earnshaw Elementary School, Bagumbayan Elementary School, and San Ramon Elementary School and day care pupils of Brgy 898 and Brgy 894 in Sta Ana, Manila last March 1-7 to gauge their progress as against their pre-test and mid-test scores. The results of the post test will help determine if the students will still need additional help and undergo the next level or they have already become independent readers.
At the start of this project, the pupils in this project were selected on the basis of their not passing a simple reading test which is called a pre-test. Those who failed this pre-test become the “scholars” of the project.
This intervention not only let these pupils acquire the basic skills to read in English in order to catch up with the rest in their batch, but also boost their self-confidence and raise their dignity as many of them have been subjected to bullying not only in school but also at home because of their being non or slow readers.
This project, in partnership with BINHI English Literacy Foundation, supports and strengthens government efforts to provide quality education.
We would like to thank the following for lending their time and making this activity a success!
It is often said that Christmas is for children. Normally children dream of receiving the things they wish for themselves. Some are fortunate to receive them and some are not. And in some instances, children totally give up dreaming of receiving things even on Christmas as their family could not afford it.
For 4 years now D&L personnel has taken on fulfilling the wishes of the indigent students of Bagumbayan Elementary School bringing out that sweet smile of joy when they open their gifts and receiving the things that are more than they wished for.
Pamaskong Handog Project of D&L Group of Companies through Lao Foundation was held on December 12 this year. 160 indigents student selected and recommended by their respective advisory teachers benefited from the project.
Various wishes from toys to clothes, to uniforms, school shoes, PE shoes, school supplies and groceries for their family were fulfilled by 106 personnel of the D&L Group of Companies.
The program started with a doxology lead by selected students at around 2pm. It was followed by a short message of Mr. Paul Alfaro, the HRD and Admin Manager of D&L Group and the concurrent Executive Director of Lao Foundation. He recognized the presence of everyone and especially the sponsors who shared their blessings and provided the students with gifts. After a tiring but full of laughter group games, the students received their individual gifts and refreshments.
The program closed with a group dance number of selected students as their way of showing their gratitude to the D&L personnel-volunteers who shared their afternoon with them.
For making Pamaskong Handog Project a success, Lao Foundation once again would like to thank the following personnel for their continued support and for sharing their blessings to these indigent students:
Sponsors who shared their gold and fulfilled the wish lists of the students
Volunteers who shared their time and talent in preparing and facilitating the group games and gift giving
A blessed Christmas to everyone!
As of 22 Nov 2017