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Teachers, Students Start Donation Drives Before Schools Resume in October

Initiatives like "Bond Paper Mo, Module Ko" and "Piso Para sa Laptop" show the true bayanihan spirit among Filipinos.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that the new school year will formally start on October 5.

The reopening of classes, however, will see a drastic change in teaching methods as face-to-face classes will still not be allowed to protect the health of both students and school faculty. Thus, all schools are expected to adopt the eLearning scheme and hold classes over the internet via video call apps such as Zoom and Google Meet just to continue with the school year. (Read: 4 Best Apps to Make Your Life Easier While Working From Home)

This also means that teachers have to prepare modules and other learning materials for students to use at home during online classes. While the DepEd has assured everyone that they will provide the necessary modules, some teachers claim that they still haven’t received any material despite the school year being near. (Read: This Youth Group Donates School Supplies to Children — but With a Twist!)

To make sure that they have the needed materials before the school year starts, some teachers and school administrators have come together to produce the modules on their own—even if it had to somehow come out of their own pockets.

Bond Paper Mo, Module Ko

SELF-LEARNING MODULES – A schoolteacher at Geronimo Santiago Elementary School in Manila sorts out self-learning modules for students who will study at home under the blended and online instruction format due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo from Marianne Bermudez / Inquirer.net)

In a recent Brigada Eskwela initiative, teachers and schools started the Bond Paper Mo, Module Ko campaign to ask for bond paper donations to be used in the production of self-learning modules (SLMs).

Instead of the usual cleaning of school premises done in every Brigada Eskwela, this year’s initiative focused on gathering donations for school supplies like disinfectants, face masks, and bond papers. (Read: World Vision PH Teams Up With DepEd to Support Distance Learners)

Anyone who would like to donate supplies may contact schools in their area, especially public schools that have thousands of children to teach. Bond paper for donation is preferred to be one ream (500 sheets) A4 size, as this is the size used by the government in all its documents.

Piso Para sa Laptop


Similarly, students have also launched the Piso Para Sa Laptop campaign to help the less fortunate students purchase gadgets they can use for online classes. According to DepEd, 21.7M students have enrolled for this school year—around 20.48 million in public schools and 1.22 million in private schools. (Read: Pasig City Raises P1.2 Billion to Buy Gadgets for Online Classes)

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