I was part of the amazing team that pushed boundaries in order to continue education and support for at-risk children.
Tell us about your idea
Following the rise of the cases of COVID-19 in Metro Manila, private and public schools in all levels have been suspended and soon an enhanced community quarantine was put into place. For a lot of the students and their families in our communities of concentrated poverty, the lockdown has placed a lot of feelings of uncertainty and anxiety-- will I ever be prepared for the next school year? how can we adjust to this new normal?
While many education interventions came about during this time,
not many of them were accessible to the most vulnerable because of their lack of access to the internet.
AHA found out that Facebook Free was widely used- it was free. People could only see text, no pictures, no videos. So we built our intervention based on that.
AHA! Learning Center developed Eskwelang Pamilya, an education solution built for the lockdown.
Eskwelang Pamilya is a free text-based Facebook school for public school kids in the time of COVID-19. This project aims:
To keep families informed and calm (to simply explain government initiatives);
To help further their reading and writing skills;
To help kids adjust to the new normal; and
To provide parents with a venue where they can air out their concerns and be in touch with medical professionals.
as of 12 May 2020, we have a total of 10,381 Eskwelang Pamilya enrollees from 71 cities
485 students officially enrolled in core Eskwelang Pamilya from 21 public schools in Makati, Tondo, Rizal, and Quezon City
9,896 enrollees from partner groups and organisations (NGOs, schools, LGU, and volunteers) from 71 cities from all over the Philippines.
This includes one partner with deaf beneficiaries, another partner that caters to terminally-ill teens
Everyday, kids and parents on lockdown, receive different lessons and sessions. AHA teachers lovingly prepare each content in Tagalog and in text form in the following topics:
Bata, may tanong ka ba sa COVID-19?
Wellness in times of COVID-19
Reading Short Stories (Adarna Books)
As well as provide storytelling sessions (live stream for those who can watch) and organize for free doctor consultations for the parents.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a part of this most amazing and inspiring team. I joined the team not too long before the lockdown in Manila happened. Through everything thrown our way, this team persisted. Day after day, they continue to inspire me to do as much as I can, to push through my own struggles because while they are valid, there are bigger things —- little people, that we need to think about. It has changed me as an educator and an individual. To find the light at the end of the never ending tunnel, to not give up.