ERIC Number: ED329139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy, Health and Community Development in the Philippines. Final Evaluation.
Walter, Stephen L.
The final evaluation of a literacy and health education development project of the Summer Institute of Linguistics and the Translators Association of the Philippines (TAP) is presented. The project targeted seven cultural communities totaling 200,000 on the island of Mindanao, for whom literacy rates ranged from 1-5%. The health component trained local health workers to provide basic health care in the villages. Issues arising during the project include the ability of the literacy program to become self-sustaining, the need to address the relationship between literacy and development, and the role of TAP in community development. The program model was found well suited to the cultural setting and scope of program activity. The health practitioner program bridged a substantial technological gap with limited resources. Recommendations for program improvement include further efforts to make the literacy projects self-sustaining, extension of literacy skills to meet local development needs, expansion of the health practitioner program, and possible further TAP involvement in literacy, health, and community development. Program evaluation criteria, a policy statement on literacy programs, a literacy project case study, and a brief bibliography are appended. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Summer Inst. of Linguistics, Dallas, TX.
Identifiers: Philippines (Mindanao); Summer Institute of Linguistics; Translators Association of the Philippines