41 learners under CICL, CAR recognized for completing literacy program

GIVING HANDS. SBM students give gifts of appreciation to the children in conflict with the law and children at risk (CICL and CAR) learners of Lamdag of Acceptance of Children Towards Transformation (Lamdag of ACT) during the culminating activity held at the Magis Roofdeck on Feb 8, 2020 .Photo by Catherine Marie C. Naldoza

A total of 41 children in conflict with the law and children at risk (CICL and CAR) learners were given recognition for being committed to an eleven-month intensive literacy program through the Lamdag of Acceptance of Children towards Transformation (ACT) project’s Culmination and Thanksgiving Program on Feb 8, at the Magis Roofdeck.

The Lamdag of ACT project was implemented by the Arrupe Educational Center (AEC), the Social Development arm of the School of Education (SOE), in partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the Ayala Foundation’s Leadership Communities (LeadCom) program. The project was facilitated by Education undergraduates of the University.

“Given the mission of Xavier University and the School of Education, we are trying to fill in the gap of the literacy needs of the City,” explained Lamdag of ACT Project Leader Karl Hein Pios. He furthered that the motivation behind the campaign was inclined with the advocacy of AEC as a social development hub. With that, they extended their expertise in teaching and learning from their courses to the CICL and CAR learners who are most in need of their services.

AEC Director Maria Victoria B. Trinidad, in her inspirational message to the participants, underlined the significance of pursuing education. “Kinahanglan jud magtarung pag eskwela,” she stressed. “Padayon basa ug tuon, para mapuslan pag ayo ang mga gitudlo sa inyong mga tutors.”

Ayala Foundation Leadcom Representative Apple Christie Ng also revealed their support for the initiative, voicing that the project will go a long way as the message of quality education reaches the CICL and CAR learners of CDO.

As the program neared its conclusion, Pios took the floor once more to impart a few words of closing. “Education is always relevant,” he accented. “A community or nation could not prosper or function without the basic foundation of education.”

The culmination program also served as the formal closing of Lamdag of ACT’s second year since its implementation. As of press time, information of its continuation to a third year has not been disclosed.C

Abdel Rafi Lim

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