More and more Children is out in the Street
On my way home a few days ago, a young girl carrying a little child (I’m not sure if it’s really her little brother) caught my attention. She distributed a white envelope to the passengers inside our moving jeepney and fearlessly went back to the “estribo” (jeepney entrance). She carried her little brother as if it was just a shoulder bag on her side. The continuing increase of out of school youth in our country is just one of the issues we’re facing right now. According to Department of Education estimates that for the school year of 2011-2012, there is a shortage of approximately 66,800 classrooms in the country, a figure that is based on the ideal teacher-to-student ratio of 1:40.The shortage of classrooms fuels other challenges within the sector, including: the decrease in participation rates among elementary and high school students; an increase in drop-out rates; and poor student performance.
In spite of this, government resources alone remain insufficient to address resource gaps. I think we need to make our move and do our share and take part in solving these problems. That’s why last week, during the TenMoves.Org launch, DepEd Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro shared; “We are calling on all Filipinos to work with us in bridging resource gaps, especially the task of addressing the classroom shortage, which is a critical step in providing enhanced opportunities for millions of Filipino children”.
What is TenMoves.Org?
The TenMoves.Org initiatives call for Filipinos to contribute ten pesos each day for ten months, or a total of three thousand pesos, for the construction of 10,000 more classrooms in two years. If you have read my post in my other blog, I was able to cover the turn-over of 935M Pesos checque from Pagcor (Philippine Gaming Corporation) which aims to solve the same issues in the country’s education.
How Can We Help?
Individuals may contribute to the TEN Moves campaign in the following ways: bank deposits to any BPI, BDO, or UnionBank branches; online donations via credit card at the TEN Moves website at www.tenmoves.org; and via mobile through G-Cash.
The youth are also encouraged to mobilize their friends and networks by influencing their circles of family and friends to pool in resources for the campaign.
Spread the Word
Help spread the word by using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Blog about the campaign. You can use the script below and embed it to your site or blog and help spread the word:
Note: Just in case you have trouble using the script above, please leave a comment and I would love to assist you with the installation.
So what are you waiting for? Make your move!