Brigada Eskwela 2017 which was held during the National School Maintenance Week, is themed ‘Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan Para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan’. This activity enjoined various stakeholders in the spirit of volunteerism to help prepare our public schools in time for the school opening, making it a safer, more orderly, and cleaner environment for the students.
Brigada Eskwela as an initiative has continued to generate higher support every year from education stakeholders ever since its first year in 2003. Its success can be seen in that support-in-kind which has increased to 7.2 billion pesos in 2016 from 1.5 billion in 2012.
This year the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. participated by providing the needed materials to repair and paint a faulty ceiling for 24 Grade 2 students in Sidaoen Elementary School. In Nagtenga Elementary School, the Foundation provided the materials necessary to construct a safe and adequate computer room to house the computers that the Foundation donated.
Ignited by love and service and unhindered by the distance, the Foundation’s participation in this year’s Brigada Eskwela shows its continued solidarity with the government’s aim of quality education for all. While the Foundation provided help in its own small way, TYKFI ensured sustainability of this activity by enjoining the tireless help of community members and the school heads throughout the whole process until the said constructions were completed. It was a concrete show forth of the “Bayanihan” spirit, the concept of Filipino unity.
In addition, taking part in this culture of generosity will impact the students TYKFI helps in such a way that the Foundation are aiding them to understand that no effort is too small nor is there a task too impossible when people do their part to be part of the solution. As we do our part in love, we hope it will inspire the students to continue with and excel in their education despite the difficulties. According to Carlos Q. Javines, Head Teacher III of Nagtenga Elementary School, “Rainy days and summer time - you are always with us; Christmas time - you are our Santa Claus; Emergency time - our Saviour and Protector. How grateful we are for you are our “all the time” Provider!”. n