Going into primary schools to teach fifth and sixth graders about the Carood Watershed and other environmental topics has been a highlight of our volunteer work here in Bohol. The activities were headed by my co-volunteers Tristan, Vicki and Rocky. Me, Manny, Ayumi and JR helped them out in organizing the kids and in translating some of the things they'll be saying during the lessons. We also had the help of volunteers assigned in Alicia like Mark, Imogen, Nica and Raffy. KSVA president, Gee, also lent a hand in one of the schools we've been to. With the help of our supervisors, three schools in the town were chosen: Boyo-an Elementary School for it's near the town center, Cogtong Elementary School because it's near the mangrove areas, and finally, Canawa Elementary School because it's in the hinterlands. The entire thing lasted for three weeks.
|Fifth grade students of Boyo-an Elemntary School after Vicki taught them about biodiversity.|
The lessons taught were divided into four topics: the Carood Watershed, biodiversity, forest fires and waste management. We did the topics depending on what the situation in the school such as the time given by the school, or if the fifth and sixth graders are mixed or separated when we arrive. The lessons given had games related to the topics so that the kids won't be bored. Personally, I enjoyed visiting the schools to schedule the activity with the respective school heads, and just going to the schools during the activity itself. What we're doing now is just testing out the lesson plans to see if they are effective to the students. So at the same time that we're doing the activities, we're also observed how the kids reacted, and asked the teachers for their comments.
|Fun and energetic fifth and sixth grade students of Cogtong Elementary School after the activity|
The activities were done near the end of school hours so not to disturb the class hours. Despite being an afternoon activity, the kids were still very much energetic, making the activities fun-filled and happy for everyone, including us. We're lucky to have the support of the town's public school district supervisor as well as the respective heads of the schools we've coordinated with.
|Canawa Elementary School might be our last stop for the activity but they're a bright bunch|
No doubt that the activity brought smiles to the faces of the kids. I hope they'll remember the important parts of the lessons, especially about the Carood watershed. I wish we actually had more time to go into more schools during our placement. It's 'mission accomplished' for now. Certainly, improvements in the future brought by the locals and upcoming volunteers are to happen. This was a good experience for us, and hopefully it's the same for the kids too.