How old were you when you learned how to read? Perhaps 5 years old or 6? It is amazing how we sometimes overlook this gift of reading. But did you know that there are still a number of Filipino children who do not know how to read?
Learning this, one may instantly ask: How can these kids grow in a competitive society?
Recognizing the utmost value of reading as a foundation of learning, APRI launched the Read to Succeed Program, a project that aims to furnish 47 classrooms with reading corners, train 48 teachers on effective reading instruction and creative storytelling, and train 23 team members on creative storytelling. The Read to Succeed Program will also develop and facilitate the approval of 16 reading development programs.
Times like this are what we in the Aboitiz Group strive for. Realizing that we are helping make your dreams come true fuels our purpose to drive change for a better world. In our projects, we constantly remind ourselves that every thing we do must contribute to the greater good of tagging communities along the growth of businesses. That means, our aim is for all of us to grow together.
-Maribeth Marasigan, First Vice President and COO, Aboitiz Foundation
Throughout the duration of the program, team members have been conducting scheduled storytelling sessions with the Grade 1 to 3 students of sixteen (16) elementary publics schools in Laguna, Batangas, and Albay to help entice the students to learn to read. The reading sessions are being conducted at the schools’ reading corners, which are filled with bilingual books, projector, and other reading materials.