Project: Balik Eskwela 2011
Lea Bonilla Ranillo
October 13, 2011
Six Thousand Four Hundred (6,400)indigent elementary school children from pre-school, kinder, grade 1 to grade 6 in sixteen (16)elementary schools of remote and depressed barangays in six (6) municipalities in the Province of Zamboanga del Norte
-To provide school materials to 6,400 indigent school children of 16 depressed barangays in zamboanga del norte. -To create awareness of the plight of educational situation in poor barangays. -To create awareness and generate interest among young active citizens in the community of JCI's vision and mission and its role in community development. -To motivate and inspire school children to value education as a tool for a better life in the future
In 2010, the Province of Zamboanga del Norte was declared by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) as among the top ten poorest province in the country. Aware of its civic duty and social responsibility, JCI Greater Dipag under the leadership of LO President Lea B. Ranillo immediately planned a civic involvement project specifically to address the problems of six thousand four hundred (6,400) elementary school children in sixteen (16) remote and depressed barangays of six (6) municipalities in the province of Zamboanga del Norte which was most seriously affected by the economic crisis. These are: Municipality of Katipunan, ZN 1. Barangay Sero-an 2. Barangay Dabiak Municipality of Roxas, ZN 1. Barangay Labakid 2. Barangay Dohinob 3. Barangay Cape 4. Barangay Lipakan Municipality of Manukan, ZN 1. Barangay Meses 2. Barnagay Suisayan Municipality of Jose Dalman, ZN 1. Barangay Lumaping 2. Barangay Bitoon Municipality of Sindangan, ZN 1. Barangay J. Macias 2. Barangay Imelda 3. Barangay Calubian Municipality of Siayan, ZN 1. Barangay Polayo 2. Barangay Gonayen 3. Barangay Mangilay Faced with decreasing enrollment due to poverty as students lack the necessary school materials to pursue their students as their parents prefer to buy food for their daily sustenance as a matter of survival rather that to buy school supplies, the JCI Greater Dipag embarked on the project “Balik Eskwela 2011” to distribute a set of two (2) notebooks, a pen, a pencil and a sharpener to all pre-school and elementary students in these barangays to be able to help their in quest for a better life, a better future thru education.
There are still a lot of things that can be done to help improve the educational environment of the elementary school children in these remote and depressed barangays, and for this reason, JCI Greater Dipag respectfully submits these following recommendations, to wit: 1. That a request be made to the DEPED and local officials for them to build more school buildings proportionate to the number of enrolled students and equip every school with complete facilities from chairs, tables, comfort rooms and good water supply as many students do not have classrooms, have no tables and chairs, no comfort rooms and no running water so as to make it a conducive place for learning; 2. That JCI Greater Dipag lobby with local government units for the appropriation of funds to support the educational needs of school children in the remote and depressed barangays in their locality by providing assistance on the provision for text books, notebooks and other school supplies as daily food for the table is more of a matter of survival as compared to buying school supplies for their children; 3. That efforts be made to coordinate and assist the DOH in addressing the health and other medical concerns of the children, and with the DSWD for a sustainable nutritional program for the children considering that many students eat frog and other unpalatable food for lunch just to go to school; 4. That JCI Greater Dipag continue to be pro-active in its efforts to help these depressed barangays and complement local government efforts in the delivery of services to these communities; 5. That embark into a more massive information dissemination campaign to continue creating awareness in the developed communities of their social responsibility to help the less developed and depressed barangays in the province;
With the successful implementation of the project, the following are the perceived direct and indirect benefits generated: a. To the school children, they were directly benefited with the provision of the much needed school materials necessary for their daily learning use. Indirectly, the said school children were also inspired and motivated to study harder as they have seen the value of education for a better life in the future and that they have come to realize that there are also other people who they do not know and have not met before in their life also loves and cares for them. b. To the parents, they were given a much needed respite in buying school and personal supplies for their children which are less of a priority for them as their meager money was made of good use to buy food for their daily sustenance instead. Moreover, they have seen the value of education for the future of their children and with the help given, it has motivated them to encourage their children to go to school as they know that there are many generous and kind-hearted people who are willing to help their children succeed in school and in life. c. To the school and the teachers, the program has increased attendance of students in the school and they have also realized that there are other well-meaning individuals who are willing to help them in their efforts to educate these children and make a better life for each of them. And with the slow action of government service and the nil resources allocated for them, they are now confident that there are other sources upon which they can tap for help and support in their effort to improve the quality of education and service for these school children. d. To the community and the local officials, it made them aware of the dire situation and the immediate need for more educational and health support and attention to these school children. Precisely, in response to this and seeing school children using cellophanes and nylons for their books and notebooks, the Municipal Mayor of Manukan, Hon. Eugene Caballero, gave out school bags to the school children in barangays Meses, Suisayan, and other barangays in his municipality, while Governor Rolando E. Yebes, also gave out school bags to the school children in the barangays of Seroan and Dabiak, both of Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte. In addition thereto, medical outreach programs were also immediately arranged and conducted by the local government units concerned in the barangays which JCI Greater Dipag had identified. On the part of the private sector, JCI Greater Dipag was able to successfully awaken the sense of social responsibility of many individuals and corporate leaders as they voluntarily and generously supported the project thru donations of school supplies and helping in fund raising projects and even going to the extent of participating in the activity itself. As a result, there are now more people and corporations who are willing to generously help and finance endeavors that addresses the plight of the less fortunate school children. And among the tangible benefit generated, Banco Dipolog has agreed to be a major partner of JCI Greater Dipag in its upcoming project, the Outstanding Teacher of Zamboanga del Norte. To the members, the experience was worth the time, effort and money for they have learned so much in their active participation in the different activities undertaken. They have learned of the necessity of planning, survey, and analysis, the importance of budgeting, management, team work and leadership, and most of all, the value of loving, caring, giving and helping others. The happiness and self-fulfillment felt for having helped many people in need and having done something good for the community cannot be equated in monetary terms which in effect has strengthened the resolve and conviction of the members to continue undertaking laudable projects in its effort to create a positive change in the society.