/ 27 February 2022

THE UNITED States Agency for International Development launched the Early Numeracy Initiative for Remote Learning to help young learners in the Philippines build a strong foundation in numeracy and mathematics.

The program is in partnership with the Department of Education and the University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development.

“This activity speaks of the shared commitment and intention of DepEd and the United States government, through USAID, to improve not only the literacy of early grade learners but also their skills in early mathematics and numeracy,” USAid Philippines Acting Office Director for Education Yvette Malcioln said.

“If learners are exposed to and attain math skills at a young age, they are more likely to succeed in school and in life,” she added.

Through the iniative, teachers and school administrators of Kindergarten to Grade 3 students will be trained to improve children’s skills in support of DepEd’s goals of developing learners’ critical thinking and problem-solving in numeracy.

USAID will also distribute mathematics home learning resource kits to more than 1,700 students.

The kits will provide parents and guardians with practical tools to help the young students learn the subject matter at home and strengthen their ability to reason and make connections.

“DepEd is pleased to have education partners like USAID to support our vision, mission, and goals of providing quality, responsive, relevant, and accessible education for all Filipinos,”DepEd Bureau of Learning Delivery Director Dr. Leila Areola said.

“We would like to thank USAID for intensifying the mother tongue-based multilingual education, as well as efforts that contributed to the improvement of literacy skills of our learners while at the same time capacitating our teachers and parents,” she added.