Lobregat cites parents, mentors’ role in education PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 17:27

Mayor Celso Lobregat the other day underscored the important role played by the parents and teachers in the education of the youth and in molding them into productive citizens of the city and the country.

The mayor said this as he led the joint induction of the officers of the city’s General Parent-Teacher Federation and the Pambansang Samahan ng mga Guro ng Araling Panlipunan (PASAGAP) then graced the acquaintance party of the Zamboanga Puericulture Center Kinder School Friday night.

On both occasions, the mayor thanked the parents for their active involvement in the education of their children and reminded them of their role in forming responsible, productive and peace-loving members of the society.

“Education is not only in the classroom. If the students only learn in the classroom, they would not [necessarily] come out as productive citizens because values – how students look to their parents as examples – is the best education,” he said.

He stressed further that quality education also means parents provide their children with a healthy home environment, saying that no matter how much a child learns in school, quality education is not achieved if parents do not rear their children well.

“Education means the total development of a child. It means learning knowledge and values.  Reciting the alphabet or studying physics or chemistry is merely instruction, not quality education,” Lobregat said.

The mayor likewise appealed to the teachers to work harder to encourage students to take their studies seriously. “The measure of our success lies in the success of our children.”

The Lobregat administration has spent over P700M since 2004 on education-related projects, notably the massive school-building program to aid the delivery of quality education to the Zamboangueno students, the employment of additional teachers under the Local School Board to improve the teacher-student ratio, and the construction/rehabilitation/improvement of other school facilities. — Claudine Uniana/City Hall PIO