In the Philippines, It’s Fun to Read

Video | 7 June 2013

Manila public school teacher Amcy Esteban is getting ten-year olds excited about reading, as part of the Computer Access Mentorship Program. Less than a quarter of grade six public school students in the Philippines read at the required level. Many of the students come from poor families who do not have access to quality books. The program offers a free multimedia tutorial for elementary school teachers to help make reading fun for the students. One of the fundamentals of the program is that in order to get to the students, you work through the teachers.

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Title: In the Philippines, It’s Fun to Read

Description: Manila public school teacher Amcy Esteban is getting ten-year olds excited about reading, as part of the Computer Access Mentorship Program. Less than a quarter of grade six public school students in the Philippines read at the required level. Many of the students come from poor families who do not have access to quality books. The program offers a free multimedia tutorial for elementary school teachers to help make reading fun for the students. One of the fundamentals of the program is that in order to get to the students, you work through the teachers.

VO: Manila public school teacher Amcy Esteban is getting these ten-year olds excited about reading. She’s leading a song and dance about learning. 

SOT: Amcy Esteban
Public school teacher
Our aim is for the kids to have the habit of reading that’s why our lessons should be fun.

VO: This fun comes from the Computer Access Mentorship Program or Camp. The government approved camp lessons are for teachers’ tools to make school cool for students.

A recent survey determines that less than a quarter of grade six public school students in the Philippines read at required comprehension standards.

SOT: Amcy Esteban
Public school teacher
They come from the poor, even the marginalized families. So they don’t have exposure to quality books.

The online CAMP program sponsored by Asian Development Bank is a free multimedia tutorial for elementary school teachers. Teachers can use computer terminals like these at Boy Scouts offices to take the course. Why boy scouts? Program officials say most boy scout leaders also happen to be school teachers.

SOT: Norman LaRocque
Sr. Education Specialist, Southeast Asia Department
Asian Development Bank
One of the fundamentals of this program is that in order to get to the students, you work through the teachers.

VO: Back in the class, today’s CAMP-inspired lesson involves laughter yoga. For students like Nicasio Nonescan, these classes are a break from a tough life outside the classroom and the rare opportunity to practice English. 

SOT: Nicasio Nonescan III
Student
It’s just kind of a meditation to keep myself down and away from the tension and worries.

VO: CAMP helps teachers like Amcy Esteban helps kids, not just lessons in reading but also lessons for life.