OSSFF commits to full year assistance program to BES

The One Small Step Foundation has committed to principal Merlin Villegas to continue its iSipnayan math program for Bagumbayan Elementary School (BES) for school year 2010-2011. From a current enrolment of 35, the iSipnayan team hopes that the much-improved competition performance of the BES MTAP participants (most of them from the iSipnayan program) will provide major impetus for new parents to sign up their children to the program and boost the enrolment to as much as 70 by the end of next school year.

BES is also the pilot site for the computer literacy program during the summer months of April and May 2010.

The other major assistance area is the library. The Foundation commits to the regular inspection and maintenance of the library facilities and equipment. (see the separate article on library repairs already identified).

A new commitment this year is the building of a 2 sq.m. toilet cubicle inside the kindergarten room, which should in future reduce the downtime when the kinder teacher has to accompany a child to do his or her toilet.

Also, Bing del Rosario has pledged to provide math and English workbooks to supplement the basic instructions and verbal drills.