California organization presents 14-millionth reused book to President Aquino

January 20, 2012 11:39 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 20 — Books for the Barrios Inc., a California-based, not-for-profit, public-benefit corporation, presented to President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday in Malacanang the 14-millionth children’s book shared by California’s youth to Filipino children.

According to the corporation, Friday’s event is a “pure gesture of solidarity between our peoples, as we work together to promote peace and protect the environment through literacy opportunity for all.”

Books for the Barrios, founded in 1990, intends to provide environmental protection through books-reuse service to the state and the general public for educational purposes.

This is accomplished by engaging California schoolchildren in a comprehensive global green action program that becomes the model in the country.

California youth rescued from destruction over 5,000 tons of high-quality learning materials gathered from their homes and schools. These books were given to the children of developing nations around the world such as the Philippines.

Currently, there are over 100,000 American students who volunteer to achieve this record and help poor kids in nations like the Philippines.

The Philippine partners in government and the private sector have instituted comprehensive programs to work with Books for the Barrios to promote reforestation projects led by schoolchildren as part of their special Tree Raising Environment Education (TREE) ongoing curriculum.

Also, 43 California public school teachers volunteered over a course of a decade to create a National Education Development Program for the Philippines training 8,000 instructor delegates in advanced professional techniques.

As a result, the pro-environment program transformed 57 most disadvantaged public elementary schools in poverty stricken areas into world-class model green academies. At the same time, functional libraries have been placed in 14,000 deprived and underserved public schools.

Representing the organizations during the book presentation with the President were Nancy Stowe Harrington, the president and executive director of Books for the Barrios, and her husband, Dan Joseph Harrington, the chairman.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro was also present during the event. (PNA)

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