THE Department of Education (DepEd) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) launched on Tuesday the Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines or the ABC+ project at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.
The project aims to enhance the reading, and mathematical and soci-emotional skills of at least 2 million learners in Regions 5 and 6.
It seeks to improve instruction and learning delivery through professional development and support for teachers, introduce innovative approaches in early childhood education and introduce improvements that can reach schools in the target region.
The project will be implemented from July 2019 to June 2024 with a $38.5-million or approximately P2-billion budget.
“We are thankful for the unwavering commitment of our partners, especially now that we are intent to pivot our focus from improving access to enhancing the quality of basic education in the country,” said Education Secretary Leonor Briones in a statement.
US chargé d’affaires John Law said the US was committed to help improve the quality of basic education for the benefit of the Filipinos.
“With better access to education, citizens can make well-informed choices and have better opportunities,” Law added.
Law also added that education was critical for democracy and for the development of individuals and the country as a whole.
“Its the foundation of globally competitive economy and successful democratic society, “ Law said.