BKP Summer Newsletter. CodePhil, Reading workshops and school opening. We've been busy! 
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BKP Reading Program

Reading training at Banawang, Bagac, Bataan (above)

Around 30 participants joined this summer workshop to implement methods learned in the service of the Barangay Banawang children!

BKP Philippines Director Alice Quilicot, training with Cris Talinga and Nikki Quilicot, presented a compact version of First Steps in Engaged Reading (FSER) on April 7th at the parish chapel. Participants were Barangay Kagawad, parish volunteers, and peer mentors (grade school, high school, and college youth). A BKP team joins the Adamson University mission team to conduct FSER to the summer mission community of the school almost every year. 

Reading training at Muñoz, Nueva Ecija (above)

Another productive, informative, and engaging training on FSER was completed on July 16 at the Central Luzon State University. Participants came from different BKP-sponsored schools and communities. 

Thank you to the participants, educators, sponsors (Linda Ott, Rely Judan), trainers (Cris Talinga, Jerry Tudtud, Alice Quilicot, Meah Ang See), and Viola Barnachea for arranging the venue.

Just in Time for School Opening

Our books travel from our books donors, to our monthly backpacking sessions in Lynnfield, MA, all the way to the school libraries and community centers that BKP supports!  Our balikbayan boxes filled with close to 500 books per box have started arriving in the Philippines, just in time for school opening.

(Above) Box of books arrived at the National Child Development Center in Banaue, Ifugao.

Save the Dates

Sept 24  (9:30-1pm)  Bookpacking (Lynnfield)
Oct 1  (7-11pm)  Boodlefest Dinner & Dance Fundraiser (Chelmsford Elks)
Oct 8  (9:30-1pm)  Bookpacking (Lynnfield)

Oct 30 Progress reports due for sponsored libraries 

Nov 5  (9:30-1pm)  Bookpacking (Lynnfield)


Progress Reports

We are sending English-Tagalog dictionaries and new bilingual English & Tagalog picture books to our active sponsored elementary schools. To our library sponsors, remember to get in the teachers'  progress reports by end-October.  Salamat po!

(Left to right) CodePhil team members from Columbia University: Bella Shim, Sang Jun Park, Sebastian Cueva Caro. Not in picture are MIT students Amanda Wu and Jiwon Victoria Park.


Code Phil and BKP

Written by Jiwon Victoria Park (CodePhil Team)

This summer, CodePhil will launch its pilot program aimed at teaching, empowering, and connecting the next generation of students in Lavezares, Philippines through cross-cultural collaboration and computer science based projects. We envision a program that will allow underprivileged high school students from various religious and cultural backgrounds to come together to learn the valuable and marketable skill of coding, collaborate on computer-based team projects that facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, generate interest in school through learn-by-doing activities, gain exposure to computer science-related careers, and inspire the students to create technological solutions that can impact not only their towns but also their country and the world. We are currently developing our technology curriculum in close collaboration with the teachers and administrators of BBCMAIS High School, located in Lavezares, and the Mayor’s Office of Lavezares. Furthermore, CodePhil will be partnering with the US Department of State, UNESCO, Philippine Department of Education, and the Northern Samar Tourism Office to raise awareness of the technological needs and issues facing young people in Lavezares.

We are most excited to expose students, who currently have limited access to technology, to computer science and robotics. Our team is looking forward to working with students to inspire a new generation of young leaders to make meaningful changes in their community through technology and cross-cultural collaborations. We are also excited to be collaborating and meeting with our various partner organizations in the Philippines to scale this idea to other parts of the country and create a global network of technology mentors, students, and teachers. 

BKP has been an integral partner of CodePhil since its inception. BKP is involved in introducing CodePhil to partners and collaborators in the Philippines, integrating the CodePhil curriculum with literacy programs, and consulting us on growth and implementation strategies. Without the support of BKP, the idea that my brother and I had in our dorm rooms in the United States would never have become a reality. We are looking forward to continuing our close partnership with BKP, under the lead of John Snow, to reach more students and teachers in the Philippines in the future.
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