Pasig City (23 May) — The
Department of Education (DepEd) today launches the implementation phase
of Brigada Eskwela Plus or the National Community Involvement in
Education Initiative, a program that aims to enlist the help of the
community in cleaning school grounds and repairing classrooms, school
furniture and other school facilities year-round.
DepEd Secretary Mona
Valisno said, "We at the department aim to engage the community
year-round to do more for public education."
together with its partners from the private sector, is launching
Brigada Eskwela Plus with a kick-off caravan that will visit San
Joaquin Elementary School in Pasig City and Quezon City High School in
Since its inception
in 2003, Brigada Eskwela has become a movement that has ensured the
readiness of public schools for school opening. More than 7 million
volunteers comprising parents, teachers, employees, local government
units, alumni associations and civic organizations have joined Brigada
Eskwela in 2009 alone.
Program Executive Director Mari Paul Soriano said, "Brigada Eskwela
Plus is the department’s frontline initiative that believes in the role
of the community in improving public education."
gained by Brigada Eskwela inspire us to utilize existing partnerships
with the communities to get parents involved in ensuring that the
schools are conducive for learning, that their children are enrolled
and actually learn in school – which is the essence of Brigada Eskwela
Plus. Critical to this scaled-up initiative is showing the parents the
value of their children’s education," he added.
Phase I shall tap
the community to do year-round repairs of school furniture, classrooms,
other physical facilities and cleaning of school grounds, prioritizing
roof repairs for the coming school year.
Phase II shall
enlist volunteers to help identify drop-outs and school-aged children
(aged 6-16 years old) who should be in school. It also aims to urge
their parents to bring them back to school in line with the
Education-For-All goals that the country has pledged to meet by 2015.
The last phase shall
contribute to the improvement of academic performance of public
schoolchildren with the help of their parents and other community
Brigada Eskwela Plus
is implemented by the department’s Adopt-A-School Program National
Secretariat and first launched during the incumbency of former DepEd
Secretary Jesli Lapus, who, in 2008, successfully urged all 44,619
public elementary and high schools to join Brigada Eskwela.
Source: Philippine Information Agency, May 23, 2010