A November 2, 2011 press release from the Department of Education
In its thrust to promote the love for reading, the Department of Education declares November 2011 as National Reading Month which will culminate with the “Araw ng Pagbasa” on November 25, 2011.
Education Secretary Armin Luisto said the move is in support of the ten-point education agenda of the Aquino Administration and the promotion of Every Child a Reader Program (ECARP).
“We are coming up with more creative ways of developing the love for reading among our young because this is an important portal to the world of learning,” added Luistro.
The education department has listed down a series of activities to celebrate the month as stipulated in DepEd Order 244.
During the National Reading Month, DepEd enjoins schools to conduct Read-A-Thon to foster a reading culture among pupils and launch a search for the best individual and team readers from students in public schools.
Also being promoted is the Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) project, a 15-to-20-minute daily activity devoted to reading a book or any reading materials available in the school. There is also the Shared Reading project (Big Brother or Sister / Kaklase Ko, Sagot Ko), an activity wherein older students or independent readers teach pupils who are at the frustration reading or non-reading level.
Luistro also proposes as one of the activities the Intensified Remedial Reading where teachers or class advisers give remedial lessons to children in the frustration reading level.
Meanwhile, the Five Words A Week (FWAW) / A Paragraph A Day (APAD) encourages pupils to learn and master one word a day for five days a week and to read aloud one or two short paragraphs a day before classes start to develop the students’ oral communication skills. DepEd also suggests the holding of a Reading Camp where children are provided a venue where their talents in communication arts can be highlighted through competitions.
To highlight the Reading Month, Luistro directed all regional, division, and school level officials to lead the nationwide synchronized reading program every first Monday of November from 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning.
In a related development, DepEd will conduct the nationwide Araw ng Pagbasa on November 25 to coincide with the week of the celebration of the birth anniversary of the late Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy” Aquino on November 27. The event also commemorates the 20th year of the signing of RA 7165 by former President Corazon Aquino which created the Literacy Coordinating Council on November 25, 1991.
“By giving importance to the Araw ng Pagbasa, we are promoting reading and literacy among our learners even as we motivate them to learn from the lives and works of eminent Filipinos,” explained Luistro.
In pursuit of this, school officials are encouraged to conduct reading and literacy activities in honor of Ninoy Aquino. Schools are likewise asked to partner with non-government organizations and the private sector to foster cooperation in the community.
Stay up to date with your government.Subscribe Now
Stay up to date with your government.
Subscribe to Daylight, a weekly newsletter that features good news about the Philippines and Filipinos.
After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click through to confirm your subscription.×
Share on social media
More from the Briefing Room
- Message and Press Conference Of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte During The Welcoming Of Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers From Al Khobar, Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
- Press Conference of Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella (August 30, 2016)
- Media Interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (August 29, 2016 at Malacañan)
- Media Interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after the wake visit to PO1 Gary Cabaguing (August 29, 2016 at Bajada, Davao City)
- Press Conference by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella (August 26, 2016)
- Media Interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (August 25, 2016 at Poblacion District, Davao City)