Manila, May 20, 2022—The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recently donated USAID-developed K-3 learning resources to the Department of Education. Education (DepEd) – Region 5 during the launch of its apprenticeship recovery plan in Sorsogon.
USAID’s Acting Deputy Mission Director in the Philippines, Brandon Miller, led the rotation of literacy and numeracy kits and reading materials for early elementary grades in Filipino and three native languages. He also donated materials to support literacy assessment, education sector stakeholder engagement, and continuity of learning to DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Diosdado San Antonio and DepEd Region 5 Director Dr. Gilbert Sadsad. These early learning resources will support the return to in-person learning.
“We hope these materials will continue to support teachers, schools and the DepEd 5 region in providing quality, contextually and age appropriate learning interventions and instruction for first grade learners, while providing the essential tools and materials needed to implement your Learning Recovery. Plan,” said acting deputy mission director Miller.
At the same event, Director Sadsad certified that more than 500 new USAID-developed storybooks have passed DepEd’s quality assurance process and are ready for printing and distribution. These books in Filipino, Central Bikol, Rinconada, and Minasbate languages will help Bicolano learners in grades 1-3 develop basic reading skills.
“This gathering and the continued support from USAID and the project team inspires us,” said Director Sadsad. “By helping our stakeholders, we Bicolanos can give more for the good of education.”
In April, USAID, through its ABC+: Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines project, trained more than 6,000 teachers from nearly 800 schools in the Bicol region. USAID also distributed more than 4.35 million early grade reading materials that benefited more than 313,000 learners in the region.