/ 21 March 2023

THE UNITED States Agency for International Development launched a reading program in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

USAID Deputy Mission Director Rebekah Eubanks joined BARMM officials headed by Cabinet Secretary Mohd Asnin Pendatun and Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education Deputy Minister Haron Meling in launching the P15-million education program in pilot areas in the Bangsamoro region.

Under the technology-based project, students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 will get reading instructions through the Beginning Reading Program on tablets. The early grade reading contents materials include video-based beginning reading instruction modules in Magindanawon, Central Bikol, and Hiligaynon.

“USAID works with national and local government partners to introduce innovations that will ensure learning continuity and improve literacy, including reading proficiency of early grade learners,” Eubanks said.

“As a friend, partner, and ally, the United States will continue to support BARMM in providing learners with quality education and the competencies that will enable them to thrive and have successful futures,” she added.

Meling said that the USAID interventions are valuable tools to improve the learning of the Bangsamoro children.

“We welcome the Beginning Reading Program as it will ensure the learning of children through portable video devices that can work even without the internet,” he said.

“We will work together to ensure that no Bangsamoro child will be left behind by providing inclusive and sustainable education,” the Deputy Minister added.