- Posted September 5, 2012 by
cagayan de oro city, Philippines
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
Dunong Gulong (Mobile School)
AFTER a successful attempt of bringing the big bus uphill to the Indahag resettlement site in Cagayan de Oro last Thursday, our team from the UN Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) in Northern Mindanao headed by Fr. Eric Velandria, SJ, and the Department of Education-Alternative Learning System (DepEd-ALS) decided to extend the Dunong Gulong program to the displaced students who are now residing there.
For those who are new to Dunong Gulong, it is a mobile school initiated by Xavier University–RCE in partnership with UNTV-Dating Daan Group, the Department of Education, Knowledge Channel and the Child Fund program.
The Dunong Gulong bus is air-conditioned equipped with learning tools, chairs and tables, toilet and a sleeping quarter.
This mobile classroom was originally intended to provide basic education to out-of-school youth and the marginalized from the remote barangays of Cagayan de Oro City.
But after the ill-fated Sendong, the team decided to shift the target beneficiaries from the usual out-of-school youth to the victims displaced by the typhoon.
To date, the program serves three major resettlement sites for Sendong survivors. It continues to conduct classes to elementary and high school students at Xavier Ecoville in Barangay Lumbia on Mondays and Tuesdays, at the Tent City in Barangay Calaanan on Wednesdays and Fridays and at the new site in Indahag every Thursday.
At present, it caters to 145 students.
One of the salient features of Dunong Gulong is the intensive use of Knowledge Channel learning materials. The lack of teachers to provide instruction of core subjects is compensated for by the pre-made instructional videos, games and quizzes, and learning modules.
The instructional software provides strands for critical thinking and problem solving, the expansion of one’s world view, self-development and promotion of a sense of community, communication skills and sustainable use of resources.
Professional teachers from the DepEd-ALS facilitate instruction for academic subjects and vocational skills development.
Occasionally, the School of Education students from Xavier University do volunteer teaching, especially on weekends.
After eight months of receiving informal education through the program, our teachers are now prepping the students to take the Philippine Educational Placement Test of DepEd this October. We have high hopes that all of them would be promoted to the next level of their formal education and that they will eventually be accommodated in regular schools.
One thing is for sure, a good number of them have already been equipped with livelihood skills, such as massage therapy.
Dunong Gulong is a tangible fruit of collaboration among non-government organizations, educational institutions and the government. It is a living proof that when we come together as one community, we can do more.
May this program spark further synergy between and amongst the different sectors of our community, because truly, there is still much more to be done.
(I am handling this project and I wrote this in our local paper last august 29, 2012 http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/opinion/2012/08/29/aguilar-dunong-gulong-continues-240003 to update our community)