You might have thought that this article was going to feature some kind of Charity for the people who got their hearts broken. Well, it will. But not for the reason that you're thinking.
Many children (10 and above) have gotten their hearts broken from simply not being able to read properly. 15 Million. That was the number of illiterate people in the Philippines in 2009. By 2013, 2.6 Million Filipinos aged 10 and above (or 3.5%) are still not basically literate. We know you're thinking that's quite an improvement but with things like this, we, as a nation, shouldn't be complacent.
It has always been obvious that illiteracy limits opportunities for many of our brothers and sisters. However, thanks to Binhi English Literacy Foundation, doors can now start opening for them. BINHI is one of the Charity Organizations in the Philippines that try to fight against this problem. They are inspired by their vision: Every Filipino child in school and learning well. The big difference is that they focus on the 'unloved'. They help out-of-school children, pre-primary, and primary grade pupils who fail to reach the reading competency that is expected at their level. BINHI helps the schools and communities by equipping the beneficiaries the ability to read, which is a crucial aspect of primary school education. This is all done by conducting literacy classes for free.
Binhi English Literacy Program is accredited by the Department of Education. They utilize effective intervention tools in reading and comprehension which is in sync with K to 12 Program. They recruit volunteer teachers who undergo Teacher Enhancement Workshops which expose them to new teaching techniques crucial for handling the different learning capabilities of every child they encounter.
BINHI is able to do what it does by partnering with individual and corporate sponsors, public schools, and volunteers. Right now, what BINHI needs the most are VOLUNTEERS. Here are the things any individual can volunteer in:
Three times during the 24-week program (which begins shortly after school opening in DepEd schools), they go to the schools to administer the pretest, midterm test, and posttest to pupils aged 6 to 9. These tests are conducted one-on-one (or 1 volunteer to 1 pupil)
2. Teaching Assistant
This involves coming to BINHI classes (based on your convenience) and assisting the teacher in preparing learning materials, maintaining classroom order, and working with the pupils during tasks and activities. Some teaching or training experience here is appreciated, but not required.
3. Media Team
This involves attending BINHI events and visiting some classes for documentation and for use in the foundation's communication and information materials. They currently have urgent need for videographers and video editors to help us create short AVPs.
And we're also pretty sure they can use all the help that they can get. If you feel the need to contact them and show your support even if it's not to volunteer for one of the activities mentioned above, you can visit their website http://binhiliteracyfoundation.org or you may contact them directly here (+632) 817 8062.
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