A total of 105 children from four communities completed their early childhood education (ECE) with support from CARITAS-Australia in a separate moving-up ceremonies conducted on February 20-22, 2019.
These learners were from barangays Diolangan and Salipongan of Bubong town; barangay Langitalub of Masiu; and, barangay Moriatao Datu of Lumbayanague, Lanao del Sur.
Parents graced the occasion with pride as they donned medals and ribbons to the children. They also witnessed the distribution of certificate and gifts for those who excel in class performance.
The introductory or pre-school education for toddlers to six years old children focused on language development, basic literacy, language arts, fundamentals of reading, science for kids, and child health and safety.
“Based on the evaluation assessment, learners gained quality basic quality education and are now able to read and write the alphabets and words; identify colors and shapes,” said Saima Baulo, community development facilitator of Maradeca Inc.
“For most of us who are residing far from schools, the ECE classes conducted within our communities were very helpful. Even our public schools here have no kindergarten classes,” said Hadji Hasim, a parent.
“I am happy that my child is learning. She also learned to mingle with other children. She was excited to learn every day and was happy about it. It inspires me to see my child finish her studies,” expressed Norania Angco, a parent.
The ECE classes were conducted by trained mother facilitators. They also received certificate for their pro-active delivery of service for three months.
Some parents offered kandori for their pre-school graduates.
The support of Maradeca Inc. and Caritas Australia was motivated to increase access of education and healthcare for children as fundamental to child protection and promotion of children’s right.