(photo from INQUIRER archive / LYN RILLON)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Thursday that it has trained about 240 students from the Cebu Normal University for its Tara, Basa! private tutoring program in Mandaue City. DSWD Deputy Secretary Irene Dumlao said the program will call on university students to become more involved in nation-building. “Through Tara, Basa! program, we are confident that college students will be more equipped and inspired to participate in nation-building because the program empowers young people and provides a path for them to be compassionate and develop a sense of responsibility,” said Dumlao.

Reading tutors who were trained on April 1st were taught how to assess the reading needs of the children they will teach, as well as how to monitor their reading progress.

On March 8, the DSWD launched the Tara, Basa program in Cebu City.

The agency also said that the program will be launched in April in the provinces of Quezon, Samar and General Santos City.

Tara, Basa! The program employs college students as reading tutors for elementary school students who struggle or cannot read.

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