Advocates of Literacy: AEP celebrates 10th anniversary

IT has been a decade since Scholastic established partnerships with Philippine schools for the Assessment & Enrichment Program (AEP).

AEP is a research-backed literacy program that strengthens balanced literacy instruction, equipping students to be proficient readers and raising them to be life-long learners for their betterment.

To celebrate its 10th year anniversary, AEP wanted to pay tribute to Scholastic’s dedicated education partners in the fourth Scholastic Readers Cup awarding ceremony held at the Rizal Ballroom of the Shangri-la Makati on the 23rd of August, 2017.

The event gathered school administrators, teachers and librarians from partner schools. They all got their well-deserved treat with a sumptuous buffet, exciting raffle prizes, and top-notch entertainment by premiere vocal ensemble The Company and by the multi-awarded crooner Richard Poon.

Mr. Frank Wong, President of Scholastic Asia, said in his welcome remarks that “ Scholastic is proud to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the AEP, a program that seeks to nurture a good reading habit among the Filipino students.  Thanks for the hard work of our partner schools over the years,  Read Aloud has become a regular part of reading instruction, and pleasure reading has become a habit for many children. You should all be very proud of what you have accomplished in your schools. As literacy champions in your schools, you have truly opened a world of possible to your students”

Scholastic Executives, headed by Mr. Frank Wong, Mr. Chito Morales, Country Manager, and Ms. Fritzie Cruz, General Manager presented the awards to the top ten schools that bested 160 schools in terms of readership. These schools achieved the highest average of number books read with quizzes passed by their students for school year 2016-2017. The top 10 schools are the following : (1) Stonyhurst Southville International School Batangas (99 books read per student); (2) Stonyhurst Southville International School Malarayat in Batangas (96 books); (3) Holy Cross College of Calinan in Davao (87 books); (4) Nuestra Señora de Guia Academy in Valenzuela (86 books); (5) Immaculate Conception School of Baliuag (81 books); (6) Iloilo Scholastic Academy (80 books); (7) Saint Mary’s Angels College of Valenzuela (74 books); (8) Saint Joseph College of Rosario, Batangas (67 books); (9) Scuola San Giuseppe Marello in San Pablo City (65 books); and tied at number 10, Mother Goose Special School System, Inc. in Dagupan City (63 books), and Casa Del Niño Montessori School Ciudad de Calamba (63 books).

Benedictine International School and Uno High School, Scholastic’s education partners in the Philippines since 2007, were given the Scholastic Pioneer Award.  New Era University—General Santos City Branch was awarded the Readers Cup Rookie Award for their success in promoting reading on their first year of partnership with Scholastic in AEP.  

The Scholastic’s Winners Circle Champion was awarded to St. Paul College Balayan. They were represented by the School Principal, Sr. Norma Michaela Que, SPC.  St. Paul College Balayan has been fond of awards. It was made possible by the collective effort of their students’ who showcase outstanding performances both in terms of readership and of reading achievements. Since the 2014 Readers Cup, SPC have been a staple in the hall of achievers.

Now on its fifth year, the Scholastic Readers Cup continues to enhance their function on inspiring school administrators, teachers and librarians to pioneer transformation in their schools towards a future with a community of readers and learners.  Scholastic’s partner schools have proven that it is possible to raise today’s children, as avid readers who grow in creative wonder, in hope, and in a world of limitless possibilities. AEP also finds it worthwhile to be able to contribute to our country’s development in education as well as to grow closer on global competitiveness.

Scholastic’s advocacy promises to never put an end on improving literacy not just in the Philippines but around the world, making AEP even more comprehensive, more systematic, and more relevant to local schools that have proven trust from Scholastic as education partners.

For more information on Scholastic’s education initiatives, visit www.scholastic.asia or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ScholasticAsia.