Are you familiar with the African proverb which states, “It takes a village to raise a child!” Well, if you do, do you agree with it?
While it is true that raising a child is such an honor, there are challenges that we meet along. We need the help of others while doing our tasks as a parent to our children. Teaching them at home the things they need to learn such as being courteous, humble, God-fearing, and household chores.
We want our children to learn more, and as a parent we have dreams for them. We cannot do this alone; we also need others help. And so, we send them to school because we believe that education is important to them. Indeed! Education is very important. There is no parent in this world who doesn’t like that their children’s future is stable.
As a parent, we have government institutions as our partners. We entrust our children to educators. In addition, we dream for our children, and that is also the dream of mentors. Educators would love to see their students learn and excel. They are proud also with the achievements of learners. For learning and excellence to be attained, there are things to be done by both parties- parent, learner, educators and community.
There must be a collaboration between the educational institutions with the community, we can adopt the later passage- “It takes a village to raise a child” into “It takes a community to educate a child.” This can be explained by the crisis our country is experiencing today.
Since educational institutions cannot conduct regular classes in these times of pandemic, the DepEd implements distance learning- the Blended learning, Radio/TV-based learning, Modular learning and Online learning. It is very difficult for us to think about this as parent, educators and learners. But because of the partnership from the national to local governments, PTAs and parents, we are already in the third quarter of the school year.
With the help of the community, such as the municipal and barangay governments, PTA and other stake holders, donations such as bond papers, printers, inks, PPEs were handed to schools to be used in providing Learning Materials for learners as part of distance learning- which is focused on Modular Distance Learning (MDL). The PPEs that were given was utilized by school personnel in performing their tasks so that quality education will be delivered.
There are struggles being experienced in the distance learning of DepED, but with the help extended by the stakeholders, delivery of quality basic education is assured.
This pandemic proves that the bayanihan spirit of Filipinos still exist. Everybody is encouraged to do what is good for the best interest of the people. It is true, that it takes a community to educate a child- whatever happens, education still continues. Quality Education is delivered with the joint efforts of the community. By Raquel B. Padua