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Luistro encourages kids to donate toys to public schools

posted May 15, 2011, 7:46 PM by Michelle Garcia

Education Secretary Armin Luistro enjoins the public, especially kids, to show their love for other children by donating toys and other educational materials which could be used by public school children who will step into school for the first time as they enter kindergaten when school opens in June.

Universal kindergarten is the first phase of DepEd’s education reform agenda, K to 12. The program requires all five-year olds to go through kindergarten in public schools to better prepare them when they enter Grade 1.

Luistro is leading a donation drive that aims to collect educational toys, books and materials for the 1.9 million kindergarten students that are expected to enroll in the 38,000 schools and day care centers nationwide.

The toy drive is a story of giving. This is a project that will allow every Filipino to support education. If every Filipino is able to do something, even a small thing like giving up an old toy, it's a message that's worth repeating and expanding nationwide,” the education chief said.

Luistro explained that the real message of the donation drive is to instill the value of generosity to children. “This is about parting away with something that is most special and personal to you and allowing other kids to experience the same joy with the toy you will give,” added Luistro.

The universal kindergarten program is the government’s way of democratizing access to education especially for children whose parents   have limited means to afford pre-school.

Meanwhile, during the “meet and greet” session of Luistro with some 150 beneficiaries of the DOLE-initiated Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), he encouraged the students to be advocates of the campaign.


Luistro told them to devise a scheme so they can take part in collecting toy and book donations within their neighborhood, families, peers, classmates, and friends.

“If all of us pitch in for this donation drive, we could transform a typical kindergarten classroom into a laboratory that can better prepare our young learners to the real world of formal schooling and provide them greater chances to complete their education,” furthered Luistro.