Binaton Elementary School
Caraga, Davao Oriental, Philippines
The project ran from March 30th to 31st 2015 and it successfully donated 300 elementary and primary level reading books to the Binaton Elementary School located in Caraga, Davao Oriental, Region XI, in the north eastern area of Mindanao, Philippines. In 2012, Caraga was severely devastated by Typhoon Pablo, which claimed almost 2,000 lives. There have been numerous rebuilding efforts and relief projects in the region, but the One Million Words project is unique as it is supplying much needed reading resources to the local school, which has a student population of 208. The donations included class curriculum books as well as works of fiction for the students' enjoyment.
For the 2013-14 school year, Binaton had 208 students enrolled. This makes the school a smaller school, with 42 less students than the average school and about the average number (207) of students enrolled in Caraga. The school has more male students (117) than female students (91) – for every one female student there are 1.3 male students. This is similar to the average gender breakdown in Caraga, which sees on average 1.3 male students per female. Binaton has a total of 3 rooms – all of which are used for instructional purposes. All in all, the school has at least one general academic classroom. Of the instructional rooms, all of them are standard rooms, meaning they meet the DepEd’s guidelines for safety and usability. With 208 students and 3 rooms actively used for teaching, Binaton has an average class size of 69. This means classes at Binaton are much larger than the average class size, with 34 more students per room than the average of all schools, and 28 more students per class than the average in Caraga, Davao Oriental.
Remember, each locally printed textbook only costs $1.07!