The UST Family Literacy Team composed of Project Lead Asst. Prof. Gina Lontoc, Ph.D., and her co-researchers Prof. Camilla Vizconde and Prof. Belinda de Castro initiated a mentorship program on Family Literacy and Intergenerational Learning to provide a space for participants to share ideas, develop new skills to support families and contribute to the empowerment of community members. It also sought to discuss issues relating to families and the wider community.
The program had 47 mentees, both local and international, who signed up for the mentorship program, and was completed in two months, from October to November, and was held every Thursday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Each synchronous session had taken two hours and had been delivered via the online conferencing tool Google Meet/ZoomBoth mentors and mentees accessed session materials such as texts for offline reading, weblinks, practice exercises, participants’ outputs, and discussion boards via a learning management system.
Twelve (12) mentors facilitated the mentorship program: Evalyn Abiog, Ph.D., Froilan Alipao, MCD, Imelda Angeles, CPA, Ph.D., Gina Lontoc, Ph.D., Ronaldo Manalo, Ph.D., Melanie Turingan, Ph.D., and Camilla Vizconde, Ph.D, of the University of Santo Tomas; Rosalie Quilicol and Grace Reoperez, Ph.D. of the University of the Philippines; Therese Amita dela Cruz of the Asian Psychological Services and Assessment Corp. ;Christopher Millora of the University of East Anglia; and Rev. Fr. Reynor Munsayac, O.P. of the Priory of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Manaoag.
Integral to the mentorship program was the completion of the Logic Model in which the students were made aware of the concepts of inputs, outputs, and outcomes as a guiding principle in the execution of the mentees’ literacy project in the community of their own choice using techniques and methods that they learned from the mentorship.
Some had even gone creative to prove their point, by espousing the idea of Family Literacy and Intergenerational Literacy through poetry. Ms. Bernadine Ann V. Obial in her poetry, mentioned that, “In the end, I realized that solution comes from (a) collective decision and action. I found the power to become part of a bigger mission. To help transform the world into a place full of giving hands ready to lead and serve.”