STRENGTHEN THE FOUN­DA­TION

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

LAILA M. GOMEZ

How can a na­tion suc­ceed? How can we, as part of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, be part of its suc­cess? Is it not with help­ing de­velop the in­di­vid­ual con­stituents of our na­tion that are daily in our scope of in­flu­ence? Pro­duc­ing re­spon­si­ble grad­u­ates who have aware­ness and care for growth, not just in the per­sonal level, but in a wider scope, growth for others, for our na­tion, for hu­man­ity, should be the ut­most goal of ev­ery ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion. But for that de­sired re­sult, tremen­dous ef­fort must be put in, not just in the part of the school, but with all the other fac­tors that af­fects an in­di­vid­ual. It should be a joint ef­fort of the school, of the com­mu­nity, and most es­pe­cially, of the fam­ily.

The strength of the foun­da­tion of a na­tion starts in the cir­cle of the fam­ily. The Filipinos have a strong fam­ily ideals and ties. This had been one of the mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors of many of those who had worked for achieve­ments in their lives and in their cho­sen fields. The fam­ily at­mos­phere shapes the at­ti­tude and per­spec­tives a per­son will present out into the world. The fam­ily also served as a shield and de­fender for what­ever cir­cum­stances a per­son will face. What­ever a stu­dent learns in the school, it is first screened and re­in­forced by what­ever ini­tial learn­ings he has from home. Hav­ing strong fam­ily lays a foun­da­tion for a strong na­tion.

School should al­ways work to build a strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­ter­ac­tion with the fam­ily in or­der to have co­op­er­a­tive strate­gies that would help stu­dents de­velop holis­ti­cally. This would al­low par­ents, teach­ers, and all stake­hold­ers of the com­mu­nity to have the same goal and per­spec­tive for the growth of the stu­dent and of the com­mu­nity as a whole. Though at times, it may be a gru­el­ing work for some teach­ers and other staff of the school, how­ever, reach­ing out to the fam­ily of the stu­dents has brought many re­wards and de­vel­op­ment.

The com­mu­nity as a whole, in­clud­ing the gov­ern­ment, has a role in pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary en­vi­ron­ment and as­sis­tance needed for build­ing strong and re­spon­si­ble stu­dents. The school serves as a bridge be­tween the stu­dents, their fam­ily, and the com­mu­nity as a whole. It helps in guid­ing the stu­dents on how to fully func­tion as a good cit­i­zen. It also presents the im­por­tance of the rules of the so­ci­ety and pro­vides a train­ing ground for stu­dents. The com­mu­nity should al­ways strive to work for the de­vel­op­ment of the school and the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem as a whole in or­der to pro­duce re­spon­si­ble and re­spectable cit­i­zens that would help im­prove the na­tion.

Build­ing a na­tion is con­tin­u­ous and ar­du­ous process. It is work of col­lab­o­ra­tion of ev­ery sec­tor of the so­ci­ety. But it al­ways starts with the in­di­vid­ual cit­i­zen. It ac­tu­ally starts with the de­vel­op­ment of sin­gle child – a child grow­ing up in a home, in a fam­ily. It con­tin­ues with the de­vel­op­ment of a stu­dent – a stu­dent learn­ing in a school, not just for aca­demics, but in all other as­pects of life. It pro­gresses with the ma­tu­rity and growth of each cit­i­zen – a cit­i­zen, con­cerned and in­volved in the af­fairs of the com­mu­nity. Work­ing to­gether, one per­son at a time, strength­en­ing the foun­da­tion will pave the way for a stronger na­tion.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Pam­panga High School

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