PAZ, ISP join Brigada Eskwela ’13 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 May 2013 14:17

In support to the Department of Education (DepEd) preparation for the incoming school year, Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) will participate in the kickoff ceremony of the annual observance of the National Schools Maintenance Week or the “Brigada Eskwela” today, Monday, May 20, 2013.

A motorcade from the Office of DepEd-Division of Zamboanga is set at 6 in the morning today to formally commence the week-long “Brigada Eskwela 2013”. The motorcade will pass through the city’s major street and will proceed to the east and west coast of the city. The Brigada Eskwela will end on May 25.

Brigada Eskwela is a yearly scheduled activity of the Deped where it calls on the different stakeholders to take part in the preparation for the opening of classes by engaging in beautification, repairing and painting of the school surrounding, classrooms and other school equipments such as chairs and tables of the students. The formal opening of classes in public school is on June 3.

PAZ and ISP are both members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and stakeholders of many public secondary schools in the city will join the motorcade and they will visit different public secondary schools to show their solidarity support by helping the school cleaning their surrounding and at the same time to advocates for peace by giving them educational and peace prayer posters. These posters were produced by its partner, the 4th Civil Relation Group-Civil Relation Service (CRG-CRS) from Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom).

PAZ and ISP are scheduled to visit the 34 public secondary schools during the duration of the five-day’s activity.

Over the years, PAZ and ISP had been partnering many schools in the city where it has given the school administrators and students’ trainings, workshops and orientations on peace education.

It has also signed Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) with the DepEd Division Office for the implementation in the primary and secondary schools curriculum the Executive Order 570 or the Institutionalization of Peace Education in Basic Education and Teachers Education that values and recognizes the need to tap the active involvement and partnership of civil society organizations in order to create a collaborative working environment in ensuring the foundation of peace and sustainable development.

In the MOA PAZ and ISP will assist the Deped in effectively implementing programs on peace education, peace and governance, peace advocacy and other peace-building efforts at the academe level highlighting the major celebrations of the movement and organization through effective systems of collaboration.

Last year, PAZ and ISP in collaboration with the Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) had visited different schools located within the city proper including the far-flung schools in the city during the celebration of the Brigada Eskwela. — Albert F. Arcilla/Peace Advocates Zamboanga