Tzu Chi’s educational shelters – for better Zamboanga City PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:30

One of the great casualties of the unfortunate 2013 Zamboanga September siege is education. The education of children in the elementary and high school levels of the 5 affected barangays is affected. They have to cram in classrooms or have to use basketball courts, hallways or even trees as spaces for classrooms of other barangay schools. Groups of internally displace persons (IDPs), for one, are still occupying school buildings and school grounds as they (IDPs) could not go back to their respective places yet.

Since it will take time to construct permanent school buildings, Tzu Chi Foundation-Zamboanga, an international non-government organization,  is constructing temporary classrooms in several barangays in this city. Made of pre-fabricated sturdy steels and plastic boards (Polypropylene) with elevated cemented flooring, this Tzu Chi Education Shelter that cost $7,200 each can be built only in 5 days.

Donated by Taiwan Budhist Tzu Chi Foundation, local Tzu Chi volunteers helped constructed it with the assistance of professional construction workers. And what is amazing with it, the shelter is environmentally friendly, can absorbs noise and heat, hence, it is not hot inside, and it can withstand strong rains too.

Last Saturday, February 8, the first six Tzu Chi Education Shelters were inaugurated at Talon-Talon National High School. 14 shelters are still being built. Barangays Sangali, Tulungatung, Taluksangay and Ayala will have Tzu Chi shelters too. 
Formal education is essential to rebuild a better Zamboanga City - Muchas Gracias, Tzu Chi!

By Dante Corteza

The value of Education. Ecclesiastes 7:12 “For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.”