Department of Education once again spearheads this year’s Brigada Eskwela, which 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 of the 2012 Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Week is the improvement of toilets and wash facilities — to give emphasis on the importance of school sanitation and hygiene.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC said when schools promote hygiene, they also help develop learners who are conscious of their own health and personal well being. “Our thrust in this year’s Brigada Eskwela is on school sanitation because it is also where personal hygiene is reinforced among our students which can, in turn, help develop their self-esteem,” Luistro added.
DepEd also enjoins the Brigada Eskwela participants to help improve the schools of indigenous communities. “As one of the under-served sectors, the schools catering to IP’s should be a priority in the repair and cleanup activities,” Luistro explained.
Brigada Eskwela mobilizes parents, teachers, students, civic and business groups, local government units, non-government units and other community residents in repairing and sprucing up of schools two weeks before the opening of classes in June. The bayanihan spirit which the Brigada helps rekindle also encourages all sectors to be stakeholders in education.
This year’s Brigada is slated from May 21 to 26. The annual school maintenance program enjoins education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources for the repair work. The goal is to ensure that the public schools are ready to receive students when school opens.
Based on DepEd Memo No. 56 series of 2012, the DepEd-wide activity will start with a motorcade from the Central Office in Pasig at 6:00 in the morning en route to the public school where the clean-up drive will officially lick-off.
Brigada Eskwela enjoins participants to donate construction and cleaning materials or serve as volunteers. It does not accept cash donations. To date, it has generated an equivalent amount of over P2 billion from donations in kind and man-hours spent in school repairs which would have otherwise been taken from the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of public schools.
Here is a primer from DepEd which can be most useful to school admins and staff and to everyone who would want to participate!
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