GG1524985 –  Philippine Teacher Literacy Enhancement Program (Read Aloud Project)

Project Partners:  

D3830 Philippines
RC Makati-Rockwell

D9810 Clubs
Mont Albert & Surrey Hills

International Partners
Calcutta Metropolitan
Culver City

Project Director
Filipino born Victoria Maria Lagoutte (an internationally recognised Reading Aloud expert
teacher and Member of the International Reading Association).

Methodology:  Originally developed by the Reading and Writing Project, Teacher’s College,
Columbia University, New York, (modified for the Philippines), it has been continually updated
by literacy experts, school reform leaders and distinguished authors over the last 30 years.

1) Address the high dropout rate of students from public primary and secondary schools in
Pasay City, Philippines; – caused by lack of reading and comprehension skills.

2) To break the cycle of failed education contributing to a lifetime of poverty, characterized
by a progression from juvenile delinquency, to long term unemployment and crime.

3) To train 141 Grade 2 Teachers, 4 District Coordinators, 4 Supervisors and 19 Principals
in the teaching of reading, setting up 28 portable Read Aloud libraries to introduce the
Reading Aloud Program into 19 schools in Pasay City.

4) To benchmark student reading and comprehension performance pre and post project implementation.

Project Plan:

  • Conduct 5 x Teacher Training Workshops at 6 monthly intervals (concluding November 2016)
  • Set up 28 portable Read Aloud libraries for rotation between 19 Pasay City primary
    schools (5,500 students)
  • Monitor teacher and student performance / improvement in literacy skills between
    each workshop.

Progress to Date:

First Teacher Training Workshop: 29th November 2014. Division Office Conference Hall, Pasay City.

What was achieved. The training of 125 Grade 2 teachers on the Literacy Enhancement
Program (Read Aloud Project), also attended by 4 District English Coordinators, 4 Education
Supervisors, 2 Chiefs-Governance and Curriculum Divisions.

Training team: The training was conducted by Ms. Maria Victoria Lagoutte, Project Director,
supported by 3 faciliators from the Reading Association of the Philippines.

Acknowledgement: The Department of Education, Pasay City expressed their profound
“Thank you” to the Project Director and to their partners: Reading Association of the
Philippines, the supporting Rotary Clubs and Rotary International and to all sponsors,
with the hope that this training be extended in the next phases to come.

125 Teachers attend the first Literacy Workshop on 29 November 2014 Teachers actively participating in
the one day program.