CARMEN D. SERRANO
Collaboration, understanding and harmony are the most essential characteristic in having a good and effective partnership. Thus, school should always have that consensus relationship to its stakeholders. It will define their strong and valuable alliance whenever one in-need, the other will always ready to extend its hand for help and support. Furthermore, the school should maintain and always have that bond to the community members so that activities and programs will easily be disseminated to people. Hence, they could address to whatever concerns the school has to each one of the member of the community.
One proof of that realization in partnership is the Brigada Eskwela, wherein, people in the community or its stakeholders work together to establish a beautiful learning environment and conducive school for all learners. However, most people do not know what really is Brigada Eskwela and what is its importance to the school.
According to Republic Act 8525, or the Adopt-A-School Program (ASP), which was successfully implemented in 1998, allowing stakeholders who are willing to share resources to improve the country’s public school education led DepEd in launching the DepEd Memorandum No. 12, s.2006 otherwise known as National Schools Maintenance week or commonly called Brigada Eskwela, aims to prepare the school one week before its formal opening of classes. It brings together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, resources to prepare public school facilities for the opening of the School year in June.
What can the community do in order to serve the school? Of course, cleaning of the school grounds and that includes landscaping. In landscaping, there is the trimming of tress around the school and the maintaining the irrigations. Fixing of garbage disposal and repairing/ cleaning of classrooms and roofs (chairs, tables, boards, ceiling, floors, doors and windows). For the partners in the community; water sources installation or maintenance, electrical wirings check-up, donations of paints, cleaning materials and emergency kits or health and hygiene kits.
Cleaning, Repainting, Repairing or Donating, whatever the actions done, as long as assistance was given to the school it will be more than enough. Brigada Eskwela is also what we called modern way of Bayanihan because it adds meaning to the Filipino concept of unity. It brings to us a picture of people from different sectors having one goal, to lift the spirit of education to the community with unity and love.
Believing in the power of action is the result of success, so, tapping and touching one another is a great way of achieving it because our goal is for the school and for learners to be the source of our nation’s progress. Thus, let’s begin our action by bringing Brigada Eskwela come to life let the Filipino spirit be lifted to all of us. Let’s serve our school, lets serve our country.
I at Remedios High School, Lubao East District
The author is Master Teacher