Empowering Learners Through the ‘Tara, Basa!’ Tutoring Program
In a bid to address learning losses and promote reading among elementary learners, the Department of Education (DepEd) has joined forces with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to launch the ‘Tara, Basa!’ Tutoring Program at Rizal High School.
A Holistic Approach to Reading Improvement
The ‘Tara, Basa!’ The tutoring Program takes a comprehensive approach to social welfare and development, aiming to assist elementary learners who struggle with reading or are unable to read.
Simultaneously, the program offers short-term work and learning opportunities for financially challenged college students.
Vice President and Secretary of Education, Sara Z. Duterte, expressed her enthusiasm for the program, saying,
“Our grade learners will experience, embrace, and love reading and the magical world of written and spoken words. The amount of knowledge and wisdom that they will be able to collect from reading is beyond imagination.”
Empowering Youth through Educational Assistance
DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian detailed the reformatted educational assistance program, providing college students with P500 a day for 20 days, in exchange for their role as tutors or youth development workers. Additionally, parents attending the teaching sessions will receive P235 per day to support their involvement in the program.
Under the cash-for-work initiative, university or college students will serve as tutors to struggling readers or youth development workers. As a result, these workers will, in turn, train parents to become Nanay-Tatay Tutors for their children at home.
VP-Sec. Duterte, in her commendation, expressed hope to see more Filipinos investing their time and effort in nurturing the potential of the younger generation. She recognizes that investing in children is, indeed, an investment in the future.
Ensuring Optimal Learning Conditions
In addition to the tutoring and educational assistance, the program will conduct hearing and vision screenings for participating learners, thanks to the collaboration with private partners.
This effort aims to ensure that any hearing or vision issues are identified and addressed to facilitate optimal learning and reading skills.
Formalizing the Partnership
During the program’s launch, DepEd and DSWD solidified their collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Agreement. The momentous occasion was witnessed by DepEd NCR Regional Director Wilfredo Cabral, DSWD Usec. For Innovations Eduardo Punay, Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, and Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.
The ‘Tara, Basa!’ The tutoring Program represents a concerted effort by the government to invest in the development and education of Filipino children, ultimately paving the way for a brighter, more inspired future.
By combining the forces of DepEd and DSWD, the program offers a ray of hope for struggling learners, financially challenged college students, and parents eager to play an active role in their children’s education.