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46The Department of Education, in partnership with Dynamic Team Company and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, conducted Kariton Klasrum Replication: Meeting with Metro Manila Barangays and DSWD on 20 January 2015 at Bulwagan ng Karunungan, Department of Education National Office, Pasig City.
Around 50 barangay captains and barangay officials attended the said event from Quezon City, Pasay City, Caloocan, Pasig City, Muntinlupa City, Paranaque City, Valenzuela, Malabon, Pateros and Marikina City. Also present were barangay coordinators from the Department of Social Welfare and Development- NCR.
The plan and their roles in the implementation were presented to the barangay captains and officials. The second part of the event is a breakout session, wherein the barangay officials and the DepEd planned their next steps in implementing Kariton Klasrum in their communities.
Kariton Klasrum is a project of DTC and 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida, which aims to reach the children at risk on the streets and provide them with basic education through mobile (pushcarts or kariton) classrooms.
The replication of the project is part of DepEd’s “Last Mile Efforts” to address the needs of hard-to-reach learners and out-of-school children and youth (OSCYs). The Kariton Klasrum project aims to provide more children at risk on the streets, OSCYs, and school drop-outs with access to basic education through the Alternative Learning System (ALS), Alternative Delivery Modes (ADM), and Modified In-School, Off-School Approach (MISOSA) programs of DepEd.
"As Pope Francis said, go to the peripheries. This is the aim of Kariton Klasrum," said DepEd Undersecretary Mario Deriquito in his welcome remarks to the barangay captains and officials during the event.