WHO WE ARE
BKP is an acronym for Bagong Kulturang Pinoy, a Tagalog phrase which translates to “new Filipino culture.” We are a non-profit organization, driven by the efforts of volunteers, whose mission is to develop a reading culture and promote literacy among children in poverty-stricken areas of the Philippines. Our goal is to help these children acquire strong reading skills and a proficiency in the English language with the belief that this will provide the solid education that will lead to better opportunities for their future.
BKP establishes reading programs in impoverished communities throughout the Philippines, making books accessible to children. These collections are refreshed and expanded with regular additions.
The children are encouraged to be active participants in the learning process. Teachers are trained using the First Steps to Engaged Reading (FSER) program, developed by Rotary International, and the Thinking While Reading (TWR) program. FSER is geared for students in pre-K to grade 3 and introduces budding readers to the joys of reading. TWR is designed for students in grade 4 and older. Its three-fold goal is to make sure children are reading, they are reading regularly, and they are engaged readers.
The achievements of schools equipped with BKP libraries have been recognized by the Philippine Department of Education and the accomplishments of individual students have been rewarded with honors.
BKP's Director of Library Operations, Lea Sison, honored at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Partners in Transportation Annual Asian Pacific Islander Luncheon for "BKP's mission to promote reading among Filipino children in impoverished areas."
Recognized by the Republic of the the Philippines Department of Education as Educational Stakeholder, for successful implementation of the programs and projects of the Department of Education.
Awarded the Philippine Presidential Banaag Award, by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for its "invaluable contribution to literacy".