Brigada Pagbasa: M Lhulier and Mission Ministries Philippines- A Joined Project

November 26, 2021, marked a significant event where  MLhuillier, one of the  largest and most reputable non-bank financial institutions that provide immediate monetary needs in the Philippines and Mission Ministries Philippines – a Christian  NGO  that sets up developmentally appropriate practices in Preschool designed for the indigent joined forces in response to the call of the Department of Education to address the reading Problem of Filipino Children through a program called “Brigada Pagbasa: Reading Remediation Training.

This project aligns with the Millennium Development Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education, Education For All (EFA) Goal On Improving the Quality of Education And Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP), through Department of Education Division memorandum  No. 93 series 2013, ”Launching the Arrest the frustration Readers Program ( AFRP) in Grades 1,2,3. “Arrest the Frustration Readers Program in Grades 1, 2, and 3 as a reading program initiative.

Teacher Erlyn Isidro from MMP facilitated a 3 hours training session with more than 60 teachers from Camarin Elementary School in Caloocan City.  She discussed the Reading Strategy formally endorsed by the Department of Education using the Marungko Approach. An approach used in MMP’s book – Bipbip (Bilis sa Pagbasa ng Batang Isip-Pinoy), tested on its technology on teaching Reading for a minimum of 1 month. The authors and consultants are from the University of the Philippines. 

3rd Refresher Course – “Child Discipline in an Online and Face to Face Platform”

One of the many difficulties parents and teachers are encountering nowadays is disciplining the children.  The new normal of teaching made it more challenging for teachers to correct the behaviors of their students. To address this issue, Mission Ministries Philippines had its 3rd refresher course entitled “Child Discipline in an Online and Face to Face Platform” last October 9, 2021, facilitated by Prof. Claribel “Bing” Amihan.

Teacher Bing explained the importance of developing self-discipline in the child by explaining the rules and the benefits of following the rules. The child will be motivated to do what is right no matter how difficult and challenging it is.

The topic was divided into 4 subtopics: a) Definition of terms, b) Characteristics of Children c) Goals of Discipline d) Discipline guidelines e) Take care of the self. Teacher Bing had not only discussed the main topic about discipline but broadened it by explaining on understanding the child and the environment he or she may be in. Adding to the child’s development and how gadgets and the internet have been affecting the child.

The webinar was attended by 100 participants. And due to public request, another date was set last November 27, 2021, to cater to other participants who were not able to attend the first webinar. This was the first time MMP’s webinars had a repeat.

First Refresher Course – Hurried Child Syndrome

Are you pushing your child to grow too soon? This is the question the seminar like to point out in MMP’s first refresher course seminar entitled “Hurried Child Syndrome : How to build up children without hurrying them” last September 11, 2021. Prof. Elizabeth Anne King- Santos shared her insights founded by studies made on the cause and effects of hurrying the child.

In this seminar Prof. Santos explained that hurrying a child opposes the nature of a child’s development and adds to the stresses and frustrations that a child is suffering.

We need to build up relationship to the child to better understand him/her and how we can help their development. Focus on individual differences, abilities, learning styles and development. Adults should focus on the character of the child rather on their scores or grades. And let the child play as this is the business of a child, they learn through play.

Prof. Santos, holds a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Walden University, Minnesota, USA and graduate of Bachelor of Science in Family Life and Child Development at the University of the Philippines with Latin honors have been a regular speaker of MMP seminars.

ACAP – MMP SEMINAR

Mission Ministries Philippines (MMP) and Action for the Care and Development of the Poor in the Philippines (ACAP) joined the venture with a 5-day online seminar held last September 16, 23, 24, 30 and, October 1.

The seminar aims to equip their parent-volunteers in their tutorial projects with the underprivileged children in the communities of Paranaque.

Topics were designed to prepare the volunteers for their mission. In the seminar Ms. Chonabelle Domingo, CEO/President of MMP tackled the Importance of Parenting Education and the Philosophy of Early Childhood Education.  Involvement of parents The in their child’s education is vital with the child’s success.  Ms. Domingo stressed that parents should anchor their strength to God as He is the source of everything and He designed each child with a purpose.  She also discussed the nature of children and how each child develops.

Other topics were Love Languages of Children, Child Discipline, Teaching through Play facilitated by Ms. Aida Acorda, and Reading using the Marungko Approach shared by Ms. Erlyn Isidro.

ACAP is a non-profit organization that aims to empower marginalized youth through a combination of education, social development,  health, and nutritional feeding programs.  ACAP Executive Director Ms. Didith van der Linden and Ms. Maria Baylon, the Programs Director made this partnership possible.