BIGGKAS Program 2023: An Extension Program for the Reading Teachers of Pineda Elementary School

A 2-day training program for the reading teachers of the Pineda Elementary School (PES), entitled Developing Reading & Language Skills Among Grades 4 to 6 Learners, was successfully held at UA&P Dining Halls 1 & 2 last June 1 and 2, 2023.

The Brgy. Pineda, Pasig City is the adopted community of the UA&P: BIGGKAS Program. This program endeavors to develop the University’s adopted community through sustainable school-based interventions. In line with this, the teacher-training program is just one of the interventions notably accomplished by the UA&P: BIGGKAS in 2023. The said program was organized by the College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Program, in collaboration with the School of Education and Human Development.

The 2-day teacher-training’s sole guest speaker and trainer was a distinguished reading expert in the country, with numerous awards such as the Outstanding Teacher of the Philippines given by Metrobank Foundation in 1991, and Natatanging Guro of the University of the Philippines (UP) given by the UP College of Education in 2013. Currently, she is a faculty at Miriam College, she is Dr. Felicitas E. Pado.

Furthermore, the training was opened to the public as well, hence, there were a total of 12 active participants, 8 from the adopted school PES, 2 from the other schools and 2 from the University of Asia and the Pacific. They have received a certificate of participation as they completed the required number of hours for the training. As a token of appreciation, the Humanities Program Director, Dr. Sophia Marco, gave two copies of the book: Teaching Beginning Literacy authored by the guest speaker, Dr. Felicitas E. Pado, to the Pineda Elementary School (PES). The said books were also signed by the author on the day of the training culmination.

It was a meaningful experience for all of the participants as they were all pleased to listen and learn from an adept professional in the field of education. Indeed, they were all able to assimilate every bit of knowledge, skill and technique provided by the trainer. As they accomplished the provided intervention, we are looking forward that they will be able to effectively practice the inputs that they have learned to nurture and revamp the reading and language skills of the 21st century primary level learners.