MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo directed yesterday presidential adviser on education Mona Valisno to replicate the kariton classroom system in areas not reached by the Department of Education.
Following the worldwide recognition that CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida’s kariton (pushcart) classroom has generated, the government is now adopting the strategy to reach out to school children, especially in remote areas in the country.
Yesterday, Peñaflorida was conferred the prestigious Order of Lakandula with the rank of komandante at Malacañang for the honor he and his Dynamic Teen Co. (DTC) brought to the country on a worldwide stage. His parents, Lucila and Efren Sr., accompanied him to Malacañang.
The President told Valisno to work with non-government organizations such as the DTC and support them in education programs for children.
She said the focus should be on children from poor families who most likely would have lesser access to education.
“If Kenya was able to have success replicating the program, then there should be no reason for the Philippines not to do this too,” she said. – Marvin Sy
(The Philippine Star) Updated November 28, 2009 12:00 AM