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Literacy caravan in Palawan

Ana Maria Soriano, Insular Foundation administrator, reads a story to elementary students in Puerto Princesa.

MANILA, Philippines - Insular Foundation brought its Literacy Caravan to Puerto Princesa in Palawan in partnership with the Department of Education Region IV-B to bring a free storytelling workshop for elementary level teachers, 100 storytelling sessions to 10 public elementary schools, and a book party for underprivileged school children.

Leading Filipino publisher Adarna House also lent its support to the activity.

The workshop, facilitated by Adarna’s Jay Menes, aims to develop teacher’s storytelling skills to better engage students and inspire them to read. A total of 69 teachers participated in the activity.

The storytelling caravan, meanwhile, was held at 10 schools: Puerto Princesa Pilot Elementary School, East ES, West ES, Gregorio Oquendo ES, Mateo Jagmis ES, WesCom ES, San Pedro ES, Tiniguiban ES, Francisco Ubay MES, and Tagburos ES.  Adarna House storytellers read 100 select Filipino children’s stories, including Insular Foundation’s Wishing Well, to grade school students. 

As tokens, the participants of the storytelling sessions, their advisers and their school’s principal received their own copy of Insular’s storybooks, Wishing Well, Bisnesboy Minggoy, Christmas in February and Luckiest Girl in the World.

A book-themed party for 30 underprivileged students of Tagburos Elementary School capped the caravan.

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Aside from the activities, Insular Foundation turned over 500 copies of each Insular Foundation storybook and assorted children’s books to DepEd Puerto Princesa.

Through the caravan, Insular Foundation hopes to improve students’ reading and financial literacies.

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