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Youth council offers free tutorial for kids amid COVID-19 pandemic

ILIGAN CITY, Aug. 24 (PIA)–Members of a youth council in the municipality of Bacolod in Lanao del Norte have stepped up efforts to ensure kids in their barangay continued education amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Gorge Puertos Jr., Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairperson of Barangay Mate in Bacolod, along with his council members offered free tutorial classes to 100 pre-school to grade 6 children in Brgy. Mate.

“We thought that even if the children were not in school, there should still be a way to educate them so the SK in Mate initiated a program which we called Quaranteach,” said Puertos.

The program, he said, is also advantageous to the parents as they can focus on earning a living and keeping their children away from gadgets and television.

“Not all parents have the time to teach their children. Some parents are busy because they have jobs,” he added.

Accordingly, 10 SK members volunteered for the house-to-house tutorial spending 30 minutes per house every day. They also brought with them school supplies, learning materials, face masks for the kids, and hygiene kits.

Puertos said they downloaded the materials from the learning platform of the Department of Education. They also coordinated with the schools in their community.

Meanwhile, 55-year old Dina Reyes expressed appreciation for the initiative of the SK. 

Reyes’s daughter, Raisa, was one of the Grade 5 pupils who participated in the tutorial class.

“Nagpasalamat ko sa among SK nga sila naghago gyud og naghatag og efforts nga makatabang sa amo nga mga ginikanan. Hinaot nga magpadayon pa sila sa ilang programa,” she said.

[I am thankful to our SK who really worked hard and made efforts to help us, parents. We hope they will continue with their program.] (APB/PIA-ICIC)

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