Nine out of Ten Filipino Children Can’t Read — That’s a Big Problem for All of Us

Donnabeth Aniban
5 min readJan 5, 2023
Photo by Charlein Gracia on Unsplash

“Why don’t you just read the name of the chips?”I asked the child since we’d been going back and forth as he kept pointing at what he wanted to buy and I kept picking the wrong ones after many attempts. He couldn’t read, he admitted. “What grade are you in?” I probed. Grade four, he said. I had similar conversations with three other children who were…

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Donnabeth Aniban

Mom since 2011. Filipino. Former nurse and teacher. Writer, entrepreneur, and law student atm.