BRIGADA ESKWELA

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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.

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I at Reme­dios High School, Lubao East Dis­trict

The au­thor is Mas­ter Teacher

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