Out goes the sun – in comes the rain. With the sweaty, smoldering, hot season of summer on its way out of the country – alive again will be the image of students under umbrellas bravely conquering the rain; because with this particular season, comes along the start of another school year.
As declared by the Department of Education (DepEd), the new school year will officially start on June 13, and so they re-launched its BrigadaEskwela program last Monday, May 30.
The Kick-off for this year’s OplanBalikEskwela program was held in Nueva Vizcaya, while all participating regions and schools will simultaneously start their own programs. The BrigadaEskwela will run from May 30 to June 4 with the theme, “Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School”.
What is BrigadaEskwela?
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC defined the BrigadaEskwela as “our version of modern ‘bayanihan’ where all sectors pitch in to make sure that our schools are clean, safe, disaster-prepared and conducive to learning when students troop back to the schools in June.”
Luistro said that the government is doing its best to make sure that the schools are ready to welcome students for the school year 2016-2017.
DepEd, along with its partners from various agencies, sectors and organizations, will work together to provide materials for reconstruction of educational infrastructures, adequate and new learning materials, do maintenance work and ensure that the schools are clean and free from dangerous and unhealthy elements hindering the safety and the education of the students.
Since the annual BrigadaEskwela began in 2003, the program has gathered over 35 million volunteers and generated about 8.9 billion worth of in-kind donations for primary and secondary schools nationwide.
Preparation for the K-12 program
K-12 program which means Kindergarten to Grade 12 program is on its sixth year of implementation.A 12-year program is found to be the best period for learning under basic education. It is also the recognized standard for students and professionals globally.
However, many are questioning the DepEd and the government if our country is ready and fully equipped to implement the K-12 program. In line with this their website provided information on how the department has prepared:
While it is true that the achievements of DepEd are remarkable and a manifestation of the department’s hard work, it is also undeniable that there is still a lack of preparation before the start of its full implementation.
That is why DepEd is encouraging private sectors to participate in the BrigadaEskwela and to donate educational materials especially those which the specific paths of the Senior High program will need.
“With students moving up to Senior High School this school year, schools may need certain track-specific materials, such as farming implements, kitchen tools, sewing machines, to computers,” added Luistro. “We encourage companies to adopt our schools and collaborate with teachers, students, and parents to figure out how they can best help the community.” (Kathleen Vicho)