Mobile Library gives free use of gadgets, books for schoolchildren in Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte Mobile Library
The “Library Van Caravan Project” of the Florentino Camaquin Integrated School (FCIS) visits disadvantaged students residing in the remote villages of Ilocos Norte. Photos from DepEd.

A mobile library is roaming Ilocos Norte to provide free use of distance learning tools and books to Filipino schoolchildren amid the new normal in education.

The initiative, dubbed the “Library Van Caravan Project” of the Florentino Camaquin Integrated School (FCIS), visits needy students who experience difficulties learning from home due to a lack of access to gadgets and the internet during the community quarantine.

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The ongoing reading project was formally launched in May 2021, with the goal of bridging the gap between in-person and the modular or online learning of students in Vintar town and its neighboring villages in Ilocos Norte.

“This project will be visiting four barangays during Tuesday and Thursday with our language teachers in English and Filipino, to help enhance our learners’ reading and comprehension skills,” FCIS principal Arnel Sabuco Jr. said.

The library van offers a wide range of reading materials for students of all ages, as well as free printing and internet access to learners. It also comes equipped with three workstations both parents and students can enjoy: a Reading Station, a Watching Station, and IT Station.

Department of Education (DepEd) for Ilocos Norte Division Superintendent Dr. Joann A. Corpuz commended the FCIS for the project which is dedicated to making learning accessible to more Filipinos.

“I am immensely grateful to all your efforts. May this Lib Van Caravan continue for the generations to come and inspire other schools in the Schools Division of Ilocos Norte to do the same,” Dr. Joann Corpuz Corpuz said during the project’s kick-off ceremony.

The project is anchored to DepEd Memorandum No. 173. S. 2019 – Hamon: Bawat Bata Bumabasa (3Bs Initiative), which aims to develop reading competence in Filipino children and mold them into proficient readers.

Several initiatives of the private sector and the national government have intensified their efforts to meet the educational needs of students during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Science and Technology–Lanao Del Norte (DOST-LDN) recently handed over six (6) units of STARBOOKS Digital Library to three schools situated in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas or GIDA in the province, while CANVAS Philippines donated children’s e-books to the Globe eLibrary.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the “Library Van Caravan Project,” a mobile library roaming Ilocos Norte to provide free use of distance learning tools and books to Filipino schoolchildren amid the new normal in education.

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