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64 IDPs complete CFSI-led basic literacy program

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There were wide smiles everywhere as adult learners from two transitory sites successfully completed their Basic Literacy Program for Adults.

A total of sixty-four internally displaced persons – 25 from the Buggoc and 39 from Masepla – proudly received their certificates during the completion exercise held at Talon-Talon National High School last Monday.

Several learners were awarded medals for their exemplary performance in the program.

Executive Assistant for Barangay Affairs Art Onrubia, representing Mayor Beng Climaco, commended the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) for spearheading the program and its partners.

“The program enabled our adult learners to at least write their own name, a feat they never had before. This is truly an accomplishment as they continue the journey towards recovery and rehabilitation from the infamous siege in 2013,” the city official said.


Sixty-four (64) internally displaced persons on Monday formally complete their basic literacy program initiated by the CFSI during graduation rites held at the Talon-talon NHS covered court. (Claudine Uniana)

The Climaco administration believes that education is key to the attainment of peace in the city and the program complements the city’s efforts to educate its constituents.

“This feat is a step towards effective communication and understanding, which is the foundation of attaining peace and harmony in the community,” Onrubia stressed. “The power of literacy lies not just in the ability to read and write, but rather in a person’s capacity to apply these skills to effectively connect, interpret and discern the intricacies of the world in which they live.”

The Basic Literacy Program for Adults aims to empower learners by teaching them how to read, write and count so that they can gain confidence and teach their children the fun of learning.

Assistant City Social Welfare and Development Officer Dr. Leonida Bayan congratulated the completers and urged them to continue learning.

“Ang karunungan ay walang katapusan, walang pinipili bata man o matanda,” she told the sixty-five completers. She likewise asked the CFSI to hold several more batches of the program to maximize the number for beneficiaries.

The adult literacy program is in collaboration with Department of Education, and most importantly the Zamboanga Recovery Project of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government. (Claudine Uniana)

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 07:51