The National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) Sentro Rizal branch in Phnom Penh (SRPP) launched its pilot course on Filipino language in August at the Philippine Embassy Grounds in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
In line with the celebration of Buwan ng Wika for the month of August, the program aims to educate Filipino migrant children in Cambodia of the importance of learning and preserving the use of Filipino language, as well as local or regional languages as it is key in and retracing and appreciating their Filipino heritage.
“The need to learn and speak Filipino is more felt for Filipino children abroad in order for them to better understand and appreciate their cultural heritage and identity,” noted Ambassador Christopher Montero, Filipino Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia.
NCCA Deputy Executive Director Marlene Ruth Sanchez attended the launching of the language course along with UP College of Education Dean Rosario Alonzo who devised the language module that will guide the program. Dubbed “Masayang Matuto ng Wikang Filipino,” the 12-session module will be used in teaching Filipino language courses to Filipino overseas childrenin the other Sentro Rizal branches abroad.
Dr. Alonzo also conducted a two-day training program for volunteer teachers to provide an overview of the module and at the same time conducted a lecture on Filipino language. These were aimed to empower the volunteer teachers and give a more comprehensive background on the language course.
Filipino families in Cambodia are highly encouraged to enroll their children in the said program. 22 Filipino children have already enrolled in the free Filipino language course starting from August until October with classes scheduled every Sunday.
Inaugurated in June, the Sentro Rizal of Phnom Penh aims to promote Philippine arts, culture and language and serve as a platform from where Filipinos in Cambodia, as well as in other countries with Sentro Rizal branches, can reconnect with their cultural and artistic heritage.
For more information, call the Sentro Rizal office through 527-2192 local 605 and look for Shaina Santiago.