Principal Goes Around Town with ‘Kariton’ Library to Teach Students How to Read

Due to the ‘No Child Left Behind’ policy implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the fact that many schools in the Philippines do not have enough facilities and teachers to address the needs of all the students, a lot of children end up not learning how to read and write.

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Sadly, many students reach high school even though they can’t even read and write – and the elementary teachers are often the ones blamed for the problem.

In Donsol, Sorsogon, a principal is seeking to help solve this problem by offering a ‘kariton’ library which he uses to teach young children how to read.

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With the help of volunteer student-teachers, Ryan Homa, the principal of Gimagaan Elementary School in Donsol, Sorsogon goes around the town with his ‘kariton’ library and would seek out crowded places where there are lots of children.

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This advocacy leads Homa and his student-teachers to popular hangouts like basketball courts and beaches where they encourage kids to learn how to read by choosing a book from the library. The group teaches those who still don’t know how to read, encouraging them to learn.

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Through the program, many students in the area learned how to read – and it was an improvement that made Reading Coordinator Leonora Milante very happy. She said that students used to just hang out and play during their vacant period, after class hours, and in weekends, but with Homa’s advocacy, many of them would come running when the principal’s mobile library arrives as they have now learned to enjoy the books.

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While many netizens expressed amazement over Homa’s advocacy, many are also calling for the government to increase the teachers’ salaries so they would be more inspired to teach and even go beyond their work hours to help the kids, just like what this principal is doing…

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This inspiring principal’s advocacy is shared in this video: