29.05.2019 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Joins Philippines’ Brigada Eskwela

On 24 May 2019, UNESCO participated in Brigada Eskwela at Alternative Learning System Community Learning Center (ALS CLC) of the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Pasay City, Philippines. Brigada Eskwela or "National Schools Maintenance Week” is an annual nationwide event initiated by the Philippines’ DepEd which ran from 20 to 25 May for this year. It aims to bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare public school facilities for the opening of the school year in June.

As part of its participation in Brigada Eskwela, UNESCO distributed 100 sets of learning kit to the learners in ALS CLC. The mobile teachers handling ALS sessions also received a set of teaching kits and reference materials.

Mrs. Edna Madrid, Education Program Supervisor for ALS in the Division of Pasay City expressed her appreciation to UNESCO and KOICA. The ALS learners of Pasay City are very grateful to receive the supplies, as most of them cannot afford to buy it. She added that these supplies are essential to ALS learners in continuing their education. Likewise, Mr. Marmon Pagunsan, on behalf of UNESCO, encouraged the ALS learners to continue their study, overcome the challenges, and finish it for a better future. In addition, he reiterated that UNESCO is devoted to promoting access to an inclusive and quality education.

UNESCO participation in Brigada Eskwela is part of the project "Better Life for Out-of-School Girls Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines", which is implemented together with the Philippines' DepEd with financial support from Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Photo gallery from the event.

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