Reading Recovery program to be implemented in the Philippines

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The University of Auckland (UoA) and the Department of Education (DepEd) have signed an agreement last November 18 seeking to implement the Reading Recovery program in Philippine public elementary schools.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus signed the agreement with New Zealand Ambassador Andrew Matheson, who represented the UoA. With this agreement, the Philippines will be the first Asian country to implement a licensed Reading Recovery program.

The said literacy program was developed by Marie Clay at the University of Auckland back in the late 1970s. The program, implemented nationally in New Zealand in 1983, has drastically managed to reduce the incidences of reading and writing difficulties in children across all socio-cultural groups.

While the DepEd will be tasked to implement the program locally, the UoA will aid in the implementation of the program through the training of Reading Recovery tutors and trainers. These scholars, who have been sent abroad, will comprise the reading specialists team who will implement the program in the Philippines.

Research, advisory and support visits shall also be made by Reading Recovery partners from New Zealand.

The Reading Recovery program will be implemented in January 2010.


* DepEd, University of Auckland to push for reading proficiency in RP

* Reading Recovery New Zealand - The University of Auckland Faculty of Education