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FRANCES ROBLE

This is a perfect definition of ‘bayanihan sa kabila ng pandemya.’ We rise together by lifting others in need.

Hi, I am Frances, a first-grade public school teacher. I have been teaching in the public education system for 11 years. This year’s school opening is different from anything we have experienced before. This pandemic has brought different kinds of challenges to students, parents and teachers alike. But this pandemic won’t stop us from helping our students to continue their learning. So, in line with Brigada Eskwela’s bayanihan, we are asking all the community members, friends and families to help our learners and motivate them by donating school supplies for their use. This will be a great help to their parents, especially to those who have lost their livelihoods during this pandemic. This is a perfect definition of ‘bayanihan sa kabila ng pandemya.’ We rise together by lifting others in need.

RONALD RELADOR

I called to check up on them and also asked for their permission to enroll them myself. This action was much appreciated because many of them would not have been able to enroll otherwise.

I am Ronald Allan Relador, one of the Y4UW of Masbate. I want to share with you my experience of how I lived the theme of #daretocare. As a teacher in one of the public schools in Masbate, I handle a section in Grade 8. Last July, we were tasked to enroll our students online. We were given instructions on how to do it, but I realized that even if I gave reminders and instructions, only a few of my students could enroll online because they lack the access or equipment to do so. Many of them don’t have an Internet connection at home and rely on Internet cafes or computer shops to do so. And since the pandemic hindered them from accessing the instructions I gave them, I decided to intervene and call each student one by one. I called to check up on them and also asked for their permission to enroll them myself. This action was much appreciated because many of them would not have been able to enroll otherwise. I feel fulfilled and blessed after doing so because of this small action, beginning with me starting to #daretocare, I was able to help my students for the incoming school year.

JAQUILYN MARIE P. JUMUAD

Their presence and happy smiles, brightly greeting us in the morning become our motivation to provide the quality education that they deserve.

Blessed day to all, I’m Jaquilyn Marie P. Jumuad, a Public School Multigrade teacher in Badiang Elementary School, in the rural area of Pulangbato, Valencia, Negros Oriental. Every day, we have to commute 30-45 minutes going then walk 15-30 minutes going to our school since it is not easily accessible to any vehicles. Going to school, we face risks such as landslides and big rocks falling along the road. Yet despite the challenges, we face and handle it with courage and motivation from our students. Our students also come from far-flung places and they wake up very early in the morning to walk the 5-10 kilometers to school from their homes. Attending with little to no allowance does not hinder them from wanting to finish their schooling. Their presence and happy smiles, brightly greeting us in the morning become our motivation to provide the quality education that they deserve. This pandemic changed the way we deliver our lessons since we shifted to modular learning from face-to-face delivery. Producing self-learning modules can be difficult because of our limited resources and our location makes it difficult to obtain network signal which we would need to download and access the modules online. But through the dedication and hard work of teachers, and with the help from the school and some donations, we were able to produce these modules. This self-learning mode would also mean that the parents or guardians stand-in as teachers to their children, and this becomes a new challenge since unfortunately, many of them were not able to finish their schooling. Many of them have also lost their livelihood in the pandemic, making it hard for them to buy the school supplies for their children. This is why we feel blessed and privileged to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the school supplies drive of Youth for a United World – Philippines (Y4UW). Miss Marian approached me through a friend, offering to help our school by giving out school supplies to our students. This is a very big help for our students, parents, and teachers to continue giving the quality education our learners’ need. It makes me very happy to know that many are still willing to help those in need despite the crisis that we are all facing. God bless you all tenfold and we will use your donations wisely. #ParaSaKabataan #ParaSaBayan #SerbisyongGuro #SulongEdukalidad! #y4uw #daretocare

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