|Learning in tents|
|News Features - Success Stories|
|Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit|
|Wednesday, 02 April 2014 18:21|
Schools are children’s second home. It is in school where they discover new things, develop their skills, unleash their potentials, and strive to achieve their dreams. But what if both their house and school got destroyed? Should it stop them from learning and dreaming?
Bayanihan in Bantayan
As the local and national government respond to the disaster with the help of various international humanitarian aids, the residents of the three municipalities of Bantayan Island started picking up the broken pieces and assembling them together.
“Turo sa amin ng Pantawid Pamilya na mahalaga ang edukasyon ng mga bata, kaya kahit kami-kami lang, tumulong kami na maayos ‘yung mga eskwelahan para makapasok na rin sa eskwela ‘yung mga bata. Kahit na sa tent lang, basta makapag-aral na ulit sila (Pantawid Pamilya taught us the importance of education that is why we decided to help in rebuilding schools so that our children can already attend their classes. Even if they hold classes in a tent, it is all right as long as they can study again),” said Argeline.
Many of Teacher Amelita’s students are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya, and they are the ones who are very excited to go back to school.
Eight-year old Judith Mhar Quijano lost her home to Yolanda, but going back to school and being safe after the typhoon are more important to her. She shared that her family is thankful not only to Pantawid Pamilya for the continued support, but to those who gave her and her classmates new school supplies as well.
“Masaya po kami na ligtas kami pagkatapos ng bagyo at meron na ulit kaming gamit sa school (We are happy that we are safe after the typhoon and that we have new school supplies),” Judith said.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its flagship social protection program Pantawid Pamilya, sees the importance of education in fighting the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
The school buildings and classrooms in Bantayan Island will be rehabilitated soon. Houses will be built again. Lives will be back to normal. But there is no other powerful sign of recovery than the dynamism and willingness of the children to learn. Their positivity will always be there, and no typhoon can ever wash it away.#