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Student trainees showcase ideal kinder classrooms

posted May 18, 2011, 5:05 AM by Michelle Garcia
In response to the challenge posed by Education Secretary Armin Luistro, the
150 Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) trainees of the
Department of Education recently organized an exhibit showcasing ideal
kindergarten classrooms.

The exhibit is in preparation for the implementation of universal
kindergarten this S.Y. 2011-2012.

Universal kindergarten is the first phase of DepEd’s education reform
agenda, K to 12. The program requires all five-year olds to go through
kindergarten in public schools.

“Since the goal of expanding the coverage of preschool education is to
better prepare our young learners, we believe that part of this preparation
should be to ensure that the learning process inside the classroom will be
fun for the young learners. Classroom set-up should be able to attract kids
to learn and value education given their young age,” said Luistro.

Five groups constructed miniature classrooms, reflecting child-friendly
environment filled with storybooks, puzzles, and toys. Designs were mainly
based on concepts such as fairytales and fables.

Asked on how the exhibit was managed despite conflicting office schedules,
SPES trainee Marielle Pigtain said, “Cooperation among group members is
extremely important. We also make it a point that every member will be
allowed by their respective offices to spend their vacant hours decorating
the “classroom”. Our group also devised “shifting” hours so that all group
members will be able to attend to this special assignment without neglecting
our office duties.”

Meanwhile, zero-based budgeting scheme also allowed the students to tap
their creativity and resourcefulness. “Karamihan sa mga materials na ginamit
sa aming grupo ay recycled, tulad ng karton at mga used colored papers. May
mga member rin na nagdala ng decorations na hindi na nila ginagamit sa
bahay,” shared SPES trainee Manuela Balaguer.

The SPES’ classroom exhibit assignment is the department’s way of
encouraging the public, including the central office employees and the
private sector, to actively involve themselves in the fulfillment of the
government’s goal of providing every Filipino a brighter future through
quality education.

On top of this exhibit, Luistro headed a donation drive that aims to collect
educational toys, books and materials which the incoming kindergarten pupils
will use as part of their learning and interaction.

“This project highlights two things. One, shortage has been the major
problem of Philippine education, not because the Philippines is a poor
country. It’s because we have not taken seriously the challenge to share and
be part of the solution to the problems of public basic education. Two, this
is a reality check for all of us to take on that challenge and realize the
spirit of sharing and generosity because all of us are stakeholders of
education,” furthered Luistro.

The same message SPES trainee Enzo Vidal would want to share to those who
would get the chance to see their outputs. He narrated that he sees the
value of sharing and giving for the cause of education in this exhibit
assignment. “This reminds us that education is a shared responsibility of
everyone. Even we, students and out-of-school youths, in our own little
ways, could do something for the betterment of our preschool education.”

DepEd enjoins the public, including kids, to participate in this drive and
allow kindergarten entrants in public schools to experience the quality and
appropriate learning they deserve.