December 1, 2023

The Department of Education Baguio (DepEd-Baguio) has announced that the “Tara, Basa!” tutoring program, an educational initiative to recover learning losses in the country, is now in the city to benefit learners in the elementary level.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong lauded DepEd’s efforts to bridge the learning gap through such programs as reading tutorials.

“Tara Basa!” is an educational initiative of the DepEd designed “to improve their foundational reading skills while offering short-term work and learning opportunities for financially challenged college students.”

As announced in their social media page, the program is set to run in the city from Aug. 14 to 25 and every Saturday from Sept. 2 to Nov. 11 in designated public schools in the city as announced by the schools division under Officer-in-Charge Schools Division Superintendent Soraya Faculo.

The division said the program’s implementation in the city through collaboration among DepEd Baguio City, Ateneo de Manila University, and the different universities in the city is great news.

The division said an orientation was conducted by Carmela C. Oracion of Ateneo on Aug. 7 to ensure the success of the program.

The division also hailed the active participation of DepEd Baguio public school teachers and volunteers from the University of the Cordilleras, Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, and the Parents Teachers Association.

“It demonstrates a strong commitment to improving literacy and education in the city,” the schools division said.

During the orientation, the program components were explained to ensure that all participants understand the goals, processes, and responsibilities involved in the Tara, Basa! initiative.

“This is important to provide clear guidelines and expectations to ensure that the program runs smoothly and effectively,” the division said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo