Pasali Philippines, as the convener of TNKK (Tulong Niyo Kinabukasan Ko), facilitated the distribution of school supplies including bags and other educational learning materials to students among its recipient primary and integrated schools in General Santos City, Sarangani Province, and Palimbang Municipality on June 21, 24 and July 21, 25-26, 2016.
With the accompaniment of Palimbang Local Government Unit Municipal Councilor on Committee of Education, Mr. Redford Muhidin and his team, Pasali successfully reached out to 8 Northern and Southern Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat Elementary and Integrated Schools, namely:
1. Wasag Elementary School
2. Langali Integrated School
3. Maganao Elementary School
4. Dionisio Cagadoc Sr. Memorial School
5. Doña Catalina Elementary School
6. Kiponget Elementary School
7. Kanipaan Elementary School Extension
8. Napnapon Day Care Center
Joined by Emmanuel and Jinkee’s Heart Foundation, TNKK has also been successfully accomplished in 4 focused schools in Sarangani Province and General Santos City (SarGen), with 2 schools each, subsequently:
1. Oliverio Elementary School
2. Nomoh Integrated School
3. Lozano Elementary School
4. Changco Elementary School
School heads and teachers expressed their warm and heartfelt gratitude for the charitable help extended to them amidst the difficult trail. In total, around 1,450 children benefitted said endeavor. In behalf of our beneficiaries, Pasali Philippines acknowledges the unwavering generosity and support of Emmanuel and Jinkee’s Heart Foundation, Vice Governor's Office of Sarangani Province, RD Foundation, Fleur Pharmacy, and several anonymous donors for making this happen.
It began from the initiative of Respect Education Foundation (REF) Netherlands to integrate “respect value” in teaching methodologies and has earned evident outcome in several selected schools in Netherlands. Pasali Philippines Foundation, through its partnership with CORDAID, in working with children of diverse cultural backgrounds over the past five years, sees the need to link with REF to directly involve children and teachers of both primary and secondary schools which promotes culturally sensitive approach and cultivate tolerance and respect society that is suitable with the many cultural differences in Mindanao. The Respect Education Program (REP) started only from 4 schools during the pilot year to 12, 15, 21, and 35 schools respectively on the succeeding years. REP has garnered noticeable consistent effectiveness throughout the years.
As the CORDAID funding support in Asia end, in 2015, another funding partner - PORTICUS, an international organization which foster human dignity, social justice and sustainability, shared interest in pursuing the Respect Education Project continuity. For the pilot year under partnership with PORTICUS, only 10 recipient schools will be closely handled and monitored. All REP handled schools has undergone keen assessment and comparative evaluation as to which institutions need more educational assistance. And among 35 schools, the 10 focused schools consist of: two (2) from Sarangani Province; two (2) from General Santos City, and six (6) from (Northern) Palimbang Municipality, Sultan Kudarat Province.
The partnership with PORTICUS commenced on April 2016. And after relevant period of preparation, the REP has been formally launched on July 20-21, 2016 to SarGen schools namely:
Malapatan and Malandag, Sarangani
While the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines and Saint Gemma’s Orphanage conducted child-friendly space activities amongst the children. International Care Ministry sponsored the feeding. And the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office XII facilitated the distribution of kilos of rice and grocery items to recipient families. Present also that day were partners from Marcellin Foundation, Salvation Army, and other Sarangani and Gensan- based NGO representatives that extended support in their simplest and noble ways.
Finally, Adopt-a-School Program is an annual endeavor by various civil society organizations as members of ABSNET SarGen with the active support of the Department of Social Welfare and Development of Field Office XII.
Pasali’s Resource Mobile Team of Tri-people Children Development Program (TCDP) conducted the School-Based Training on Respect Methodologies to 17 schools of General Santos City, Sarangani Province and Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat in the months of August, September and October 2015. The activity was attended by the teachers of recipient schools who are not yet trained under Respect Program.
Respect Clubs spearheaded the 1st Palimbang Children’s Congress held last October 15, 2015 at Palimbang Municipal Gymnasium in celebration of the Children’s Month with the theme: “Komunidad at Pamahalaan, Magkaisa; Pang-aabuso sa Bata, Wakasan Na!” (Community and Government Unite; End Child Abuse!)
The activity, initiated by the local government unit of Palimbang with support from PASALI, aims to uphold children’s rights and welfare and provide venue wherein children can freely express their thoughts and showcase their talents.
Highlights of the activity include musical and theatrical presentations of the organized Respect Club student-members through “Puppet Show on Children’s Rights” based on the animated characters “Dora” and “Boots.” The creative visual show not only entertained the crowd by the impressive performance of children, but also served as an awareness-raising on children’s rights and welfare.
On the other hand, an eye-opener and heart-breaking theatrical presentation surfacing the issues on bullying at school, discrimination and child labor faced by children in Palimbang, captured the attention of the crowd.
Respect Clubs, organized in 17 beneficiary schools of PASALI’s Respect Education Program, were able to gather around 600 pre-school children and about 400 elementary school children coming from different schools in Palimbang for the said event. The children were accompanied by Day Care Workers, teacher-advisers and parents to ensure proper guidance and safety of the children.
Respect Education Program workshops commenced on the 2nd week of July 2015 and was conducted simultaneously in 33 public schools of General Santos City, Sarangani Province and Sultan Kudarat.
For the months of October and November is the 3rd set of REP workshop which is"Welcome to my world”. This workshop make the children aware on what are things they should respect in their surroundings. This workshop includes 3 specific activities,
1) Be my guest, where children learn how to be hospitable, how to act when a spontaneous visitor knocks on the door and what to give, share and what to show to the visitors (Grades 4 & 7);
2) This is our school, where the half of the class are given an opportunity to showcase the school where they are studying by using drawings and pictures to describe it and the other half of the class take photos of their school environment, highlighting the places that they like best and the areas that are neglected and in need of attention. In this activity, the children exchange ideas about their living environment and work together to help identify solutions to existing problems and challenges. It is a fun and creative way of raising awareness about global issues and their responsibilities or accountabilities (Grades 5 & 9);
3) From trash to art. The children collect waste and other recyclable materials like cellophane, sticks, leaves, papers, plastic cups or anything available materials in their surroundings and they start working freely and use their creativity to make their own arts (Grades 6 & 8).
Thirteen (13) Tri-People Children Development Program (TCDP) staff, together with facilitators coming from other NGO partners of the Mindanao Convergence of NGOs for Social Protection (MinConSP), underwent a rigorous and innovative theater arts training under the guidance of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) from August 24 to 28, 2015 at the Dolores Hotel, Barangay Dadiangas South, General Santos City.
The first three days training on the Culture of Peace expressed through the various arts were sharpened in drama, dance and visual art under the guidance of PETA facilitators; Bong Billiones, Raffy Tejada, Dudz Teraña and John Moran. The training was followed by a whole day of rehearsals for a complete production, from the ideas conceptualized by the trainees themselves. The event culminated in a stage performance of the participants at Malandag Central Elementary School, showcasing all the learnings they have gathered, with audiences coming from teachers, parents and students.
Three representatives coming from Pasali Philippines attended the three day “Financial Management Training” on 27-29 August 2015 at Suncity Suites, General Santos City given by Cordaid to its partner organizations.
Apart from helping partners further strengthen its financial management capacity, participants also gained knowledge on Sustainability and Fund Raising, Fraud Reporting, Audit and Organizational Planning and Budgeting.
Inputs on Strategic Projection, Tax Exemption and requirements for accreditation to the Philippine Council for NGO Certification were also discussed.
The workshop was conducted by Dave Zwaan, Cordaid Finance Officer andJacqueline Villar, Cordaid Financial Consultant in the Philippines and attended by representatives of different non-government organization receiving funding support from Cordaid – one of the largest development aid organizations in Netherlands.
The Pasali led Consortium for Children’s Rights and development has successfully distributed another batch of school supplies and goods to 3,991 indigent yet deserving students in 15 schools in Palimbang Sultan Kudarat and General Santos City as an offshoot of its campaign “Tulong Nyo, Kinabukasan Ko” (Your Help, My Future) otherwise known as TNKK.
TNKK is Pasali’s initiative to support the needy students since 2009. This year, June 17 to August 10, 2015, TNKK was able to gathered used clothing, textbooks and a total of 3,227 school supplies kit. These were made possible thru the able support of the following partners:
To date, the TNKK program’s fundraising activity is going for another batch of recipients. Last school year, the program reached around 1,500 children from the 16 recipient schools in Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and General Santos City.
It was participated by nineteen (19) teachers and two (2) shool principals coming from seventeen (17) recipient schools of the Respect education Program (REP). Three (3) District Supervisors from DepEd Sultan Kudarat Division likewise joined. Participating teachers were from different schools in the northern, central and southern parts of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.
Respect Education Program (REP)
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