Save the Children is setting up learning spaces and repairing classrooms for the safe return of children to schools damaged by Odette in Bohol and Southern Leyte – Philippines
More than 4,000 learners in Bohol and Southern Leyte provinces will be able to use four Multipurpose Learning Spaces (MPLS) set up by Save the Children Philippines to support children’s safe return to school and continued learning. learning amid the ongoing pandemic and emergencies.
The aid organization also repaired seven classrooms and provided back-to-school kits to more than 2,300 learners and teaching kits to more than 12,000 teachers.
Each back to school kit includes school supplies, a school bag, a Bluetooth speaker and mobile charging cards. Educational kits include office supplies, classroom supplies, mobile loading cards and reams of bond papers for printing modules.
“Through these multipurpose learning spaces, more learners will have access to basic educationsaid Cantumogcad school principal Nicasio Sosoter.
He adds that the repair of the only two classrooms at Cantumogcad Primary School in Buenavista, Bohol, destroyed by Super Typhoon Odette, and the built MPLS will greatly help their students to resume in-person classes.
Save the Children’s humanitarian response incorporates the Education in Emergencies framework that provides uninterrupted, high-quality learning opportunities for children affected by humanitarian crises. It also focuses on the well-being of children and includes, among others, the conduct of Return to Learning (RtL) sessions and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services for children, teachers and parents to overcome barriers to learning. It also provides shelter repair assistance to families whose homes are damaged and protection for children in emergencies.
“Education in emergencies is an integral part of Save the Children’s holistic approach to meeting the needs of families affected by Typhoon Odette. We place the utmost importance on the right of every child to access a basic, inclusive and quality education which must not stop even in an emergencysaid Save the Children Philippines humanitarian leader Jerome Balinton.
Funded by the European Union and in partnership with Humanity and Inclusion, Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS), Sentro para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya Inc. (SIKAT), and Oxfam Philippines, the aid organization of Save the Children Response is able to support the Ministry of Education’s efforts to ensure the safe return to school of millions of students.