Building and Bridging Education

Posted on: Aug 28, 2010

Report by Clarence M. Batan

LAST JUNE 9, 2010, six days before the formal opening of classes in the Philippines,   72 children from Kasile Barrio School in Talim Island (Binangonan, Rizal) benefited from the Building and Bridging Education (BaBE) School Project sponsored by the United Church of Christ (UCC) – Elmsdale Pastoral Charge and some generous benefactors from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. This BaBE School Project envisions building a relationship of goodwill between the Canadian and Filipino children by establishing a bridge of hope to the less fortunate children of Talim Island whose community is still recovering from the damages brought about by typhoons and floods last year.

Each child received a new bag with a set of school supplies (reading manuals, notebooks, pad papers, pencils, ballpens, crayons, erasers, sharpeners, and envelops). They were also given new pairs of slippers, which the local volunteers identified as more useful to students especially during rainy season. The two school teachers were also given a box of school supplies to help them develop classroom materials for their teaching. These school materials were first collated and individually-packed by volunteers and faculty members from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas (UST). UST, through the Office of Community Development, also provided a vehicle to transport these school materials from Manila to the fish port of Binangonan, Rizal. From the fish port, school officials and volunteers from the local church and barangay (village) council of Talim assisted the UST volunteers.

All school children, parents, teachers, local officials and community members gathered to witness the implementation of the BaBE School Project. The local volunteers prepared a short program to demonstrate the community’s gratitude to Canadian benefactors. There were prayers of appreciation, welcoming remarks from the barangay council chairperson, dancing from school children, heartfelt “thank you” speeches from the parents, teachers and children, and lots of smiling faces, especially during the distribution of school materials to Talim children.

In the next few months, with the remaining funds, the BaBE School Project aims at implementing more school-related projects such as providing electric fans to classrooms, book initiative-program, Christmas social project, and teacher-license training.

Financial assistance or any kind of support to the BaBE School Project is welcome. Please email cbatan@hotmail.com for inquiry.

(Click here or the images above to see more pictures of the project.)

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