With just two weeks to go before classes in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide begin, the Department of Education will have its annual Brigada Eskwela from May 18 to 23.
Officially known as the National Schools Maintenance Week, the theme for this year’s Brigada Eskwela is “Tayo Para sa Kalinisan, Kaligtasan, at Kahandaan ng Ating mga Paaralan.”
During this activity, teachers, students, their parents, and volunteers from the community work together to improve the school’s facilities. They are encouraged to do a wide array of activities which include repainting classrooms and other parts of the school, cleaning the interior and exterior of the building, repairing damaged chairs, desks, tables, etc., among others. Private entities are also expected to make donations during this period.
Started in 2003, Brigada Eskwela has three main objectives: 1) to practice shared governance, 2) to bring the spirit of education to the community level, and 3) to utilize local resources to public schools.
This popular project was an offspring of the passage in 1998 of the Adopt-A-School Act, which allowed private entities to help schools of their choice in the area of staff and faculty development for training and further education, construction of facilities; upgrading of existing facilities, provision of books, publications and other instructional materials, and modernization of instructional technologies.
The specifics as regards the implementation of this year’s Brigada Eskwela is outlined in DepEd Memo 41 s. 2015, which you can read in full in this link. Interested parties may directly contact the schools where they want to volunteer for details on how they can help.