Hackathon seeks apps that will teach kids to read, write in Cebuano

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HACK ED CEBU FINAL Molave Development Foundation Inc., which is organizing the contest together with Globe Telecom and the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), said the contest is in response to the DepEd’s implementation of the Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education Program, as part of the K-12 curriculum. The DepEd?s program mandates all elementary schools to use mother tongue as the medium of instruction for students from kinder to Grade 3. ?While the rationale for this implementation is grounded in research, and has been implemented for the past three years, the biggest challenge is the lack of educational materials (digital or otherwise) in the 18 Dep-Ed identified local languages in the country,? said Dr. Angelo Ramos of Molave Foundation. Cebuano, which is actually the language with the most number of native speakers, has very few books and materials geared towards children and for basic literacy and numeracy, according to Ramos. ?This is why we want to make sure that there will be a chance for developing digital materials in Cebuano, which is a goal shared by Globe and UPOU. The call for entries has started, and the deadline for submission of concepts will be on Sept. 12,? he said. Those interested to join the hackathon can be find more detailed information here. ]]>

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