World Vision and DepEd Teams Up for National Reading Month with “Brigada Pagbasa” Project


Literacy, it's one of the most important things in life that we usually take for granted. But surprisingly, it is still a problem in our modern world. Just imagine being unable to read or write - simple tasks become almost impossible to do. World Vision Development Foundation in partnership with DepEd are launching the "Brigada Pagbasa" Project which aims not only to celebrate National Reading Month but to also help the country achieve its goals and target to sustain and improve the country's literacy rate. 

In fact, we have a commitment to do so as a member of the United Nations. Specifically, by 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy. and in fact, we only have the next 12 years to do so. It is one of the many global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly back in 2015  The 2016 United Nations Human Development Report says that the basic literacy rate among Filipinos is in fact high. At 97.95 percent, the Philippines still has one of the highest literacy rates among Southeast Asian countries, next to Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia. The literacy rate of women and men aged 15-24 is at 98.9 percent and 97 percent, respectively. But while the current literacy rate is considerably high, the remaining gap of about 2 percent is proof that there is still a lot of work to do. That's still around 2 million of our citizens. 

As an offshoot of  "Brigada Eskwela",  "Brigada Pagbasa" is a mass movement for reading that envisions to bring together experts, change makers, policymakers, and other stakeholders across all sectors from international and local agencies and organizations in the public and private sectors to form collaborations among agencies. This will synergize efforts and resources to address education-related challenges. It will also create opportunities for all stakeholders to contribute possible solutions to the current gaps in education in the country and equip learners with 21st century skills. 

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