According to Mr. Paul Alfaro, he came across Binhi English Literacy Foundation through their foundation’s social worker Ms. Tina Viray who invited her friend Ms. Jenny Hidalgo, former Binhi employee, to present and explain what Binhi was all about.
Ms. Jennifer Hidalgo prepared and presented the material to Mr. Alfaro and Ms. Viray. As she was presenting they had noted several relevant things about Binhi Foundation that he thought would be a great fit to their foundation. Mr. Alfaro was convinced that the BINHI concept would surely attract the interest of LAO Foundation’s Board of Trustees since they have a strong belief that “one of the thrust of the foundation is education”. It is something that the Board has carried over the years.
The things that particularly caught their attention were:
Mr Antonio Miranda, former principal at one of Binhi’s partner schools at Bagumbayan Elementary School was quoted saying, “Sana lumawak pa ang Binhi dahil marami kayong natutulungan” (I hope the Binhi Foundation continues to expand because it helps a lot of children.)
When Mr. Miranda was asked about his views on Binhi, he favorably answered it by saying that it is a unique program that he has never encountered before. He admires that the foundation’s founders, volunteers, and evaluators who are all very hands-on.
He also acknowledged that he admires how the students at Bagumbayan have formed a very cooperative and great relationship with Binhi members and Lao members.
Mr. Miranda was also asked on his opinions on the advantages that the students gain and again he gladly said that the number one thing he liked is that “the foundation provides support to students to be able to acquire and upgrade their reading abilities as this is one of the things that they (will) need the most; to be able to read and have an education.”
The quick interview ended with well wishes for Binhi saying, “Sana lumawak pa ang Binhi kasi marami kayong natutulungan dahil sa set-up ng public schools ngayon marami talagang napag-iiwanan na mga bata pero sa tulong ng Binhi yung mga naiiwan na bata natutulungan uli pabalik para maging normalized ang kanilang reading abilities.” (I hope Binhi continues to expand because they help lot of children in need. With the current situation of public schools right now, a lot of students are getting left behind in their curriculum but because of Binhi they get the chance to gain normal reading abiltiies.)
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This class in Kaingin 1, Barangay Pansol, in Quezon City is run by the Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc. (binhi means “seed” in Tagalog), which provides English learning support for underprivileged children. English Learning Kit 1 is designed for beginning readers from six to eight years old, while Kit 2 supports and encourages independent reading in nine- to 11-year-oldswho have undergone the Kit 1 classes, like the students in Kaingin 1.
Held daily for six months, the hour-long classes make use of materials provided byBinhi. Every week, the children learn a new poem with new words, do writing exercises, read on their own, and then listen as the teachers read them a story—all with bright-eyed, if not loud, enthusiasm. “It’s fun herein our Binhi class,” says Daisy Castro, 10years old.
In the common vision to provide less privileged students access to quality education, Lao Foundation, Inc. and Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc. forged a partnership to implement the English Literacy Program that would improve their literacy and comprehension skills.
Moreover, the Program aims to foster the children’s love for reading and inculcate a love for learning that will aspire them to do better in school and subsequently, improve their economic situation. BINHI provided an English learning intervention tool to qualified students who were at risk of dropping out of school because of low literacy level.
For School Year 2014-15, the BINHI English Literacy Program was implemented in Lao Foundation’s five (5) elementary schools providing support in reading, writing and comprehension skills to 248 Lao Binhi scholars, of which 161 participated in the Beginning Reading Program while 87 were in the Independent Reading Program.
The Program has equipped 18 Teachers with enhanced teaching methodologies and a learning kit that will guide them in the conduct of daily lessons and evaluation of the program’s progress; at different learning levels, developed and improved the reading, writing, oral communication, comprehension and predicting skills of 248 Lao Binhi scholars in Grades 2-3 which will be the foundation for their continuing education; created an awareness in at least 248 Lao Binhi scholars’ Parents/ Guardians the value of education and the importance of their support; and fostered stakeholder cooperation and active involvement.
The continued support from Lao Foundation, Inc. has helped us reach more students in marginalized communities , providing them with quality English learning intervention.