‘Reader Warriors’ needed to teach kids in Rizal Province how to read

Published July 4, 2020, 4:25 PM

by Nel Andrade

TAYTAY, Rizal- The Department of Education – Rizal Division Office based in this town is looking for community volunteers who will teach non-reader children in their community how to read.

(Photo via Nel Andrade/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Dubbed as Blue Rizal: Barangayan para sa Bawat Bata Bumabasa (BR-B4), the program of the  Schools Division Office is aimed at making Rizal a reading province so that no child will be a non-reader by year 2022.

A flagship program of the SDO-Rizal, the BR-B4 is looking for volunteers, called “Reader Warriors” in the community, who are either parents or adults, barangay officials or workers, private individuals, retired teachers, officials or members of Sangguniang Kabataan, or even school children who are readers, who will teach or guide non-readers in their respective communities daily for at least 40 minutes.

Mil Flores-Ponciano, focal person of the BR-B4 Program told Manila Bulletin the program has three strands: the Beginning Reading, where the volunteers will be needed; the Reinforcement Reading, and the Remedial Reading, which will be administered by assigned public school teachers.

Ponciano said the program has tapped the active involvement of the provincial and local government, including community leaders as BR-B4 is well-suited in the community where families reside.  

Modules which are written in Filipino will be used as guide for non-reader kids who are in Grade 1 to Grade 3, while English modules will be used for those in Grade 4 and up who are able to read in Filipino.

The level of reading competency of a child which is determined based on the Philippine Individual Reading Inventory (Phil IRI) done by DepEd on school children, will be the basis whether the child will be fit for the Beginning Reading Strand, Reinforcement Reading Strand, or the Remedial Reading Strand.

The SDO-Rizal hopes to start the program on July 20, a few weeks before the scheduled opening of classes on August 24.

The office of SDO-Rizal Supervisor Cherrylou D. Repia said those who would like to volunteer for the program can visit the link, http://deped.in/BRB4Volunteers.

As of July 2, there are already more than 400 volunteers, including college students based in different parts of the province.