On December 11, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski led the ceremonial handover of 1.1 million books to the Philippines Department of Education. The donation is part of the U.S. government’s continuing early grade reading assistance through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“The U.S. government continues to support the Department of Education in our mutual goal of improving the quality of education in the Philippines, so that boys and girls can go to school and learn skills that are foundational to their development,” said Klecheski at the presentation.
Many of the books were written and illustrated by renowned Filipino authors and artists. These books were given to more than 8,100 classroom libraries in USAID-assisted schools, providing children with a wider variety of quality reading materials.
Since 2013, USAID has, through its Basa Pilipinas project, partnered with the Department of Education in support of the Philippine Government’s early grade reading program. Through this partnership, USAID has strengthened the reading skills of more than 1.8 million kindergarten through grade 3 students, trained more than 19,000 educators and provided more than 8 million copies of educational materials to 3,000 public elementary schools in the Philippines.
To learn more, read this news release from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.