Taking the cue from the “Matatag” agenda of the Department of Education, the Victorias Milling Company (VMC) with VMC Foundation elevated their “Brigada Eskwela” program by redefining programs that will establish a better learning environment for the students in their constituency.
VMC President Linley Retirado said VMC is “focusing more on building resilient schools and classrooms” and recognizing that the only way to move forward with this plan is to “strengthen partnerships with various government agencies, the local government units as well as the parents-teachers associations of the various schools in the communities we serve.”
Along with its foundation arm, VMC recently launched their program in various schools in Manapla town, Victorias City and Cadiz City.
We mobilized groups to help us realize our mission and it was heartening to see a diverse group of volunteers coming from our ranks, the DepEd, school teachers and student leaders, parents, residents, the Boy Scouts, women’s groups and even the elderly helping us out in this endeavor, Retirado said.
“This just shows the spirit of Bayanihan is evident in our communities especially when programs are focused on the youth,” Retirado added.
VMC Foundation Executive Director, Anne Tiongco said this new approach to assist schools will hopefully “make the learning experience of our students comfortable, enjoyable and inspiring.”
For the past three weeks, VMC and their partners have been working to rehabilitate school buildings, donating equipment and supplies, with the end view that these initiatives will lead to a more inclusive learning and better quality education environment for our students.
Studies have shown that a well-designed classroom has a significant impact on the learning of students as well as their behaviour and engagement with each other because of a better learning environment for all. The focus this year is a result of a thorough understanding of the various factors that affect better learning and we hope to get good feedback from our students’ performance by the end of this school year, Tiongco added.