Every semester, pre-service teachers, specifically Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) and Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSE) students, are deployed in different elementary schools to teach pupils how to read, as part of EduCare, a community service initiative of the College of Teacher Education at Pangasinan State University-Alaminos City Campus (PSU-ACC) that aims to aid learners who need academic support.
Driven by this objective, PSU-ACC partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd)-Alaminos City Division through its Brigada Pagbasa program of the Department of Education (DepEd) that aims to address the reading difficulties of learners at the elementary level.
At the end of the semester, all pupils handled by EduCare -Brigada Pagbasa volunteers showed improvement in reading based on the results of the post-assessments. With the continuous help and support from partners, the number of pupils who struggle to read will hopefully lessen, or even disappear, in the future.
The PSU-ACC and DepEd-Alaminos City Division partnership is a testament to the importance of collaboration and cooperation in providing quality education to learners, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought about many changes in the education sector. The pandemic has also highlighted the role of parents as partners of teachers in developing the knowledge and skills of the pupils. The pandemic and the new system of education call for a stronger parent-teacher partnership in providing quality education nowadays.