Literacy in Agoo and La Union

Our website aims to help eradicate illitaeracy in all the Philippines, with a focus on the province of La Union. Based on the success that the Municipality of Agoo has achived in obtaining a 99% literacy rate, we wish to help spread their achivements to the rest of La Union by explaning their example and understanding what can be learned form it.

Literacy in The Philippines and The World

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Today one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women while 75 million children are out of school. In the Philippines, The numbers are slightly better, but not by much. One in six Filipinos is functually illiterate, and the number will surely rise as the number of children droping out of school continues to increase. Something must be done to prevent the spread of illiteracy. Teaching literacy can be a dificult task, especially in remote areas of the country where resources are limited. However, literacy for all is a goal shared by people around the world, because literacy is central to all levels of learning, through all delivery modes. Literacy is an issue that concerns everybody.

We are now reaching the final stage of The United Nations Literacy Decade, and we are only five years away from The Philippine's Education For All (EFA) program. Both initiatives aim to decrease amount of illiteracy, one globally, one locally. We commend both of these efforts, as well as the many schools, Learning Centres and community initiatives aimed that helping to eradicate illiteracy in the Philippines. This site aims to promote these organizations by spreading information about them and relevent articles to help you better understand what can be done to eradicate illiteracy.

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As mentioned above, the Philippine National Plan of Action to Achieve Education for All By Year 2015 project has taken aim at making all Filipinos literate by 2015. They plan to do this by making every school continuously perform better, transforming non-formal and informal interventions into an alternative learning system (ALS) and accelerating articulation, enrichment, development of the basic education curriculum in the context of the pillars of new functional literacy.

The catalist for this increased interest in literacy in the Philippines was The United Nations creation of the Literacy Decade (2003 - 2012). UNESCO leads the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) under the slogan of “Literacy as Freedom”. Launched at UN Headquarters in 2003, the Decade aims to increase literacy levels and to empower all people everywhere. In declaring this Decade, the international community recognised that the promotion of literacy is in the interest of all, as part of efforts towards peace, respect and exchange in a globalizing world. At the request of the UN General Assembly, UNESCO is coordinating the Decade and its international activities. UNESCO launched the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) in 2005 as a framework for achieving the Decade’s goals.

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