Here’s another endeavor that was created by the Department of Social Welfare and Development! The department has recently announced its pilot launch on its restructured tutoring program entitled ‘Tara Basa! Tutoring Program!” in areas such as Pasig City, Quezon City, Makati City, and Paranaque City.
The orientation and training of college students who will serve as tutors has started on August 2, this program, according to the department, aims to create a learning ecosystem by preparing college students from low-income households who are facing financial challenges to work as tutors and youth development workers (YDWs).
The “Tara, Basa! Tutoring Program!” according to Social Welfare Secretary Rex Gatchalian on Wednesday is a collaboration between the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which will last for 20 days.
Under this educational support program, college students from low-income families who volunteer as first grade reading tutors or youth development workers can earn cash for work every tutoring day. Each tutor will work with 10 students for two hours.
The DSWD will provide tutors and YDWs with cash support through a cash-for-work program worth Php 500 per day for 20 days in exchange for the services they offered.
In order to identify target recipients, primarily college students in their junior (third year) and senior (fourth year) who require financial support, the DSWD had collaborated with 20 selected state or local college/university in Metro Manila.
The department said that they are looking to get 6,386 tutors and 584 youth development workers from these schools.
The Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) will provide training and capability-building workshops for the student-tutors on how to instruct reading successfully.
More than 63,000 first graders from 490 elementary schools in Metro Manila would benefit from the volunteer teacher’s support in improving their reading abilities.
There’s also the “Nanay-Tatay teacher sessions”, a different part of the program where the youth development workers will assist with. The subjects covered therein include recognizing oneself as a parent, the dynamics of the Filipino family, difficulties in parenting, child development, and children’s rights.
Each parent or guardian who attends the seminars will receive P235 in monetary assistance per day for 20 days.
DepEd will administer a post-test namely Comprehensive Rapid Literacy Assessment (CRLA) after 20 days to see whether the pupils have learnt to read.
The next training sessions will be held in the upcoming days in the National Capital Region’s other pilot areas.
The official learning sessions with parents and students in Grade 1 will start on August 14, while the training for the YDWs is set from August 10 to August 12.
Vice President Sara Duterte, who concurrently served as education secretary and signed the agreement with Gatchalian, stated that the program will begin on August 15.
If the pilot program is successful, Gatchalian and Duterte would think about expanding it to other places.