School grateful for the repaired learning and WASH facilities provided by World Vision project in Cotabato

In Cotabato City,  Canizares National High School- School of Arts and Trades (CNHS-SAT) expressed gratitude for the restoration of the IPED (Indigenous People Education) Mini-Museum and Library and the Grade 7 Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) School Project consisting of Comfort Rooms and Hand Washing Facility, turned over by World Vision project last June 1, 2022.

CNHS-SAT is one of World Vision’s active school partners in Cotabato City, where Moro and IP students attend to, particularly in Malagapas, Rosary Heights 10, the only IP school in the city.

World Vision project Fragile Context  Program Approach, as part of promoting  “child-friendly space” in the city, supported the rehabilitation of the school’s  IPED Mini-Museum & Library. It is also hoped to enhance and provide avenues for IP and Moro students to promote their education while preserving their respective cultures.

During the turn-over ceremony hosted by Arnie L. Laguey, the IPED coordinator of the said school, various officials attended from the Schools Division office and the office of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs. Also present were World Vision staff led by national director Rommel V. Fuerte, Mindanao field operations director Elizabeth Delgado,  and Adonis Casinillo, manager of the Childhood Rescue Project,l.

“We in World Vision are honored by this partnership for our children, especially these students given access to clean water and keeping them healthy and safe. Your students are blessed to have a community that helps them thrive and be prepared to reach their full potential. We hope that this Mini-Museum & Library and the WASH School Project that we are launching today will be a symbol for cooperation for development and ultimately of love and care for one another, kami po ay nakikiisa sa pagpapalago ng buhay ng ating mag aaral, mga guro at buong komunidad. (We are committed to improving the lives of our students, teachers, and the entire community),” shared World Vision national director Fuerte.

The CNHS-SAT school principal Agnes Ortega in her grateful message of acceptance said, “On behalf of everyone, CNHS-SAT, we would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to World Vision, for your generous donation for refurbishing our school  IPED Mini-Museum & Library and the Grade 7 WASH (Water, Sanitation &Hygiene) School Project a Comfort Rooms and Hand Washing Facility, many thanks to all of you, especially for the various gifts that have been given and continue to be given to the schools of Cotabato City and here at Canizares NHS, all your help is heartwarming with us.

The FCPA project also awarded the school with digital equipment such as a laptop and smart 55-inch TV to aid and build students’ interest and motivation for learning. “This intervention is just one of the many approaches we do in promoting literacy, particularly reading.  Television can be an aid for visuals for a wider audience. While the laptop is for the teacher to create learning materials. This gadget in general will help in aiding the students and teachers in literacy and promote the culture of reading,” explained FCPA project manager Casinillo.

“We hope that the purpose of these donations will inspire our learners, especially the indigenous peoples who will go out and study here in Canizares because this school is for you. So, let’s work together to promote education, and together let’s fight all the challenges in learning because whatever is blocking us is not an obstacle. As the famous saying, there’s always light to every tunnel,” added principal Ortega.