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May 25, 2012

SY 2012-13 kicks off with Brigada Eskwela

In its fulfillment to share and to upgrade the education system in our country, DepED, together with some private organizations and local communities, launched the most anticipated and heart-warming school kick-off activity of the year - the Brigada Eskwela!


Brigada Eskwela or the National Schools Maintenance Week enjoins the whole country by doing repairs, maintenance and clean-up of public schools prior to the opening of classes. With its three prorities (1) make the school ready for the students and teachers (2) engage the participation of community stakeholders in education and (3) revive the bayanihan spirit, DepED, private companies and local communities assure that by doing this and participating on this simple project, we can give our kids on public schools a more promising and fun-learning school year.


The kick-off, which was launched at Justo Lukban Elementary School in  Paco, Manila, was attended by DepED Secretary Br. Armin Luistro, FSC, Dr. Vecelina Tan, Principal of Justo Lukban Elementary School, Dr. Ponciano Menguito, School Division Superintendent of Manila, Mr. Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Philippines, Mr. Rizalino Jose Rosales, OIC , Office of the Regional Director, DepED NCR and Manila 5th District Congressman Amado Bagatsing. Private companies and NGO groups were also spotted welcoming the forthcoming school year through this generous but non-cash assistance to our public schools.


Brigada Eskwela focuses on four major components to achieve this goal. The first component is community mobilisation, that is, through various activities, promotes empowered community involvement not only in school maintenance but education programs as well. Second component is school and community interventions programs that are geared to transform the school and community into a conducive learning environment. The third component is communications and social marketing to rally the cause through creative means. Finally, Operations support to participating schools in order to ensure effective implementation of local initiatives.


Brigada Eskwela is DepED’s model of public-private-community partnership. It does not accept cash donation. What it solicits are cleaning / repair materials, other non-cash assistance and community volunteers who paint the classroom, repairs chairs and tables, leaking roofs and faucets, as well as cement walkways and spruce up the garden and surroundings.


Known in the whole land as the most successful brand of community mobilization in the Department of Education’s arsenal, Brigada Eskwela generates or saves 10 billion pesos in volunteer and community contributions in addition to its mother volunteering and school adoption program Adopt a School. It also offers a more direct means of intervention through volunteerism and a mechanism for quick, efficient, and effective information dissemination in sharing best practices.

This year’s Brigada Eskwela will be marked by two firsts. It will specifically focus on school sanitation and in improving the schools of indigenous communities. One of the major thrusts is the improvement of toilets and wash facilities - to give emphasis on the importance of school sanitation and hygiene. DepED also enjoins the Brigada Eskwela participants to prioritize repair and clean-up of schools serving IP learners.


It is during these time that we will realize that the world doesn't revolve around "money". With a little bit of effort and a splash of time, greater things are coming to our future generation.

Mabuhay ka, Pilipino!





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