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.