BENEFITING: Bert's Big Adventure
EVENT DATE: Apr 09, 2014
Hi, I teach in John Dewey School for Children in Quezon City, Philippines.
In line with the thrust of preparing our students to be attuned to the needs of the 21st century, the school for the last three years now have organized international school visits. Our internationalization efforts have included outgoing trips to Singapore where JDSC students get to sit-in classes of their same age level in different schools in Singapore such as Bedok Green Primary School, North Vista Primary School and CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace.
The Internationalization Program in itself is a whole-year curriculum for our student participants. At the beginning of the school year, student leaders are elected and their skills developed through the school’s leadership program. This program builds on the social emotional learning (SEL) values centered on Care, Hope, Innovation, Leadership, Determination, Responsibility, Excellence and Nationalism (CHILDREN). Aside from undergoing leadership workshops, student leaders conduct community service projects and extend their services to the school during school events. This year our students were able to help in relief efforts for victims of typhoon Maring and Haian.
But because of budget constraints, NOT ALL student leaders get to participate in our Internationalization Program. Only those students who can afford to pay for their airfare, food, accommodation and other fees are able to join. This year, some of our best leaders happen to be scholars from poor families. These same kids who work very hard to maintain high grades also manage to contribute their time in community service.
To help get these kids to join us in our Singapore school visits in April, I appeal for everyone's help.