by Rodel R. Danganan
School Principal II
Sta. Rita Elementary School
It has been approximately 6 months since a lockdown was announced due to a pandemic that hits most of the countries in the world. This pandemic was known to be COVID-19 which causes numerous deaths in different parts of the world and our Philippines is one of the affected countries. It has impaled the Philippine government. Private and public offices have been hampered and were tasked to be in a skeletal workforce. Major units of services of the country have also been seized from functioning which causes a deterioration of its economy. In this sense, even the opening of classes has also been affected. School opening has been moved from August 24, 2020 to October 5, 2020.
However, in spite of this pandemic, the Department of Education has not lost its hope that proper education is still possible and is within reach of the learners. Thus, different activities and programs have been pushed to hold fast on the call for the proper education of the young ones. But, would the opening of a new normal school year be possible without the help of every JUAN?
Regis Murayi once said, “Part of being a person is about helping others.” Filipinos, by nature, are helpful beings. In this time of the pandemic, helpfulness and supportiveness is very visible to everyone especially to those individuals who are passionate about providing proper education to children. There are individuals who would donate much from having the least. Their helpfulness, supportiveness, and kindness are highly perceptible due to social media. Needed school supplies and devices like printers, inks, copier, bond papers of any size, pad papers, pen and pencils are being donated by the considered stakeholders of the school and community. While some would donate sanitizing and disinfecting materials like soaps, hand sanitizers, alcohols, face masks, and face shields to secure the safety of everyone. These individuals have been considered as primary factors of the success of one’s school or institution. They are the Good Samaritans used by God as instruments to share the blessings they have received. In this sense, the trauma caused by the pandemic has been negated and transformed into excitement for the upcoming opening of the new normal school year; that they have enriched and brought new meaning to other people’s life especially to the young ones. Thus, help and support coming from the stakeholders have provided a great positive impact on everyone physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.
Helping other people may not surely change the whole world but it has a positive impact on the world of that person. At this time of pandemic, good people are very observable. They are trying their best to share something and be of great help to anyone. This is the same with the parable of a broomstick. A single broomstick will find it hard to clean a certain area but a bond of a hundred broomsticks will definitely clean the whole place. As Filipinos bounded with positive values, being resilient and united makes us even stronger than the pandemic we are facing now. How about you? What have you contributed in this time of pandemic?