By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao
SAN JOSE, Antique– The Province of Antique will launch the first ever Kinaray-a Textbook for Grade 1 August 1 at the University of Antique with Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC of the Department of Education and Ambassador Bill Tweddell, Australian Embassy to the Philippines as guests of honor.
Worktext (Textbook) Project for Grade 1 in mother tongue (Kinaray-a) is a concerted effort of Sibalom Education Community in Sibalom, Antique supported by Ayala Foundation under its project Enabling Education Community (ECC) and Philippine –Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP) of the Australian Government.
Dino Rey A. Abellanosa, manager, Ayala Foundation, Inc. in his invitation letter said that this Worktext (textbook) project is the intervention identified by the Sibalom Education Community as their direct response to the urgent issue on beginning reading as they went through the community enabling process under the EEC framework.
Abellanosa explained that this project is the first mother tongue initiative outside of the 12 dialects mentioned under the MTB-MLE of the new K-12 Curriculum that produced worktext or textbooks in beginning reading for Grade1.
The project will provide worktext to about 2,000 Grade 1 students in some 32 identified needy public elementary schools in Sibalom, Antique.
“We are very happy that through this project, we have made education front and center in our efforts to improve our community. Within the context of the new K-12 Curriculum, we took the giant step because we believe that the future of our kids depend on how we work together as a community,” stated Abellanosa.