Little Teacher Mary Jane

Mary Jane had one goal since the school opening was postponed until October: teach her 6-year old sister, Glea, how to read and write.

“We were all excited for her because she will be in primary school this year. But since the school opening was delayed, tutoring her had become one of our bonding activities,” she shares.

Almost everyday, as soon as they finish helping their mother with household chores, Mary Jane would bring out her improvised teaching materials. She and her sister would then spend the next hour in a little corner of their house, discussing about the alphabet or colors or numbers.

“She is better now than when we started. I think she’s ready for school,” Mary Jane smiles.

Their mother, Luzviminda, couldn’t be more proud of her children.

“It’s encouraging to see my children have this passion for learning. I understand that the coming school year will be different, but, looking at how Mary Jane patiently teaches her sister and how interested Glea is, I know they will cope well,” she says.

Luzviminda is an active World Vision child monitor and is aware of how parents like her are worrying about their children’s education.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the department of education to move the class opening from June to October and to implement other learning modes to ensure students’ safety. Learning modes available include online and modular learning while face-to-face is not yet allowed.

Luzviminda would have preferred her children to be in school, saying that it would still be effective if students have face-to-face interaction with their teacher and their classmates.

However, her children’s safety and health should come first.

“We are preparing as a family for the class opening. We talked and agreed to manage ourtime well. Glea has questionsbecause she was looking forward to going to school but it is important for parents like me to find time to explain the situation to our children,” she shares.

Mary Jane, who will be a Grade 7 student this school year also understands what’s happening. “We do not have access to internet here and we do not have cellphone or laptop so we will do modular learning,”she explains. Despite her anticipated challenges, she is determined to do well in school and help her little sister throughout their learning journey amid COVID-19.

In support to Mary Jane and thousands of children around the country, World Vision has launched its back-to-school campaign that aims to provide at least 28,000 school children with learners’ kits. The organization is also working closely with the department of education (DepEd), through the Abutin NA10, an awareness and fundraising campaign which aims to support DepEd’s Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) for students nationwide. Resources raised through this campaign will fund the 1) printing of Self-Learning Materials and 2) procurement of learning gadgets in support to LCP’s distance learning and home schooling modalities.

*With Reports and Photos from Rex Rubio.