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DepEd urges citizens to donate toys to public schools

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DepEd urges citizens to donate toys to public schools

Post by Y I N G on Sun 15 May 2011, 2:31 am

MANILA CITY, METRO MANILA— The Department of Education (DepEd) is encouraging the public to donate toys and other educational materials that can be used by public schools.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said more kids would be encouraged to enter school this June, especially in the kindergarten level, if they see enticing materials in the public classrooms.

The DepEd is holding the donation drive nationwide that aims to collect educational toys, books and materials for the 1.9 million kindergarten students that are expected to enroll in the 38,000 schools and day care centers all over the country.

“The toy drive is a story of giving. This is a project that will allow every Filipino to support education. If every Filipino is able to do something, even small things like giving up old toys, it's a message that's worth repeating and expanding nationwide,” said Luistro.

The toy donation drive is also seen as part of the government’s K12 Program.

The K12 Program requires all five-year-old children to go through kindergarten in public schools to better prepare them when they enter Grade 1.

The universal kindergarten program is the government’s way of democratizing access to education especially for children whose parents have limited means to afford pre-school.

Luistro added that if many parents encourage their kids to donate toys, it would be a good way of instilling them the value of generosity as they get to share the toys to less fortunate children.

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