MCI instructors receive certificate from DepEd

ON SATURDAY night, May 6, the Department of Education Regional Director, Attorney Alberto T. Escobarte and Dr. Janette G. Velosa, OIC-CLMD; Dr. Melanie Arcilla Director of the Dimirie Foundation, which was sponsored by the MX3 company; Dr. Aland Mizell, President of Minority Care International; Atty. Susan Cariaga, President of Thompson Christian School; and Ms. Maria Corazon Masbad, Principle of Thompson Christian School, gave certificates to MCI college students who volunteered to tutor the Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) students as an incentive for college students to help the less fortunate and to accrue on-the-job training in their field of education.

DepEd gave plaques of appreciation to the Dimirie Foundation MX3 and Minority Care International to show appreciation and gratitude. Dimirie president Gina Marie M. Espejo was cited for advocating the concept that education is a shared responsibility by sponsoring and serving 60 students especially the least, the lost, and the last one.

Dr. Melanie Arcilla congratulated the tutors for their involvement by saying, “the best investment is in eternity and our reward is heaven that’s why they are involved in helping disadvantaged people.”

Many students were moved by her talk and testimony about how she became involved in this kind of significant work. Atty. Alberto Escobarte congratulated the students and shared the quotation from Marcus Tullius Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtue, but parent of all the others.”

“The good book tells us to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for us to be grateful for whatever we have, friends, family, home, people with integrity involved our lives building a solid foundation.”

Also, the students were grateful for having an opportunity to involve others. MCI administrative coordinator, Stephanie Ebrano, said that by helping others, we are helping ourselves. Atty. Cariaga also thanked the tutors for their sacrifice, help, and time as the best investment is in another human being.

A Danish proverb says that lives are a gift from God, but what we do with our lives is a gift to God. MCI is thankful to Espejo for being a gift to needy students. The Dimirie Foundation MX3 not only helps students to continue with their education but also creates an opportunity for more than 30 university students to volunteer to tutor the ADM students with different subjects every day, Monday through Friday between 6:30- 9:00 pm. In this way university students learn the blessing of sharing with others, learn to reach out to their community, and learn how to help out others by sharing their knowledge and time.

Atty. Cariaga and DepEd director Escobarte thanked Minority Care international for providing the venue and organizing the tutors without any cost.

This program was implemented in 2015-2016, for the achievements of students and volunteers and the effectiveness of the partnership. This is a unique program.

MCI is interested in the role of state, private and non-profit and profit organizations in the education of the disadvantaged.

The Alternative Delivery Mode Education Program is designed to meet the needs of at-risk students who are not succeeding in the traditional setting. It addresses the learning needs of the marginalized students and those learners on the verge of dropping out in order to help them overcome social and economic constraints in their schooling. The high cost of education may cause the students at-risk of dropping out to move out of a traditional program. The bigger mandate for our partnership is to look out for those who cannot be in school, those who dropped out already, and those who did not dare to dream of entering a school; it searches for those who cannot, in one way or another, go to school or who have dropped out.

A research determined that the combined collaborative efforts of four entities–Minority Care International (MCI), Thompson Christian School (TCS), the Department of Education in the Philippines (DepEd), and the Dimirie Foundation MX3—together aim to increase the quality of education for the vulnerable population, such as out-of-school youth and marginalized students. Through this partnership, the government will be able not only to open more opportunities for students with special needs but also to provide every Filipino child with access to quality education. The ADM students registered at TCS and will graduate from that K-12 institution. ADM students attend TCS once a week; in addition, they attend the MCI tutorial sessions daily, except for the weekend.

MCI provides the physical place for ADM students with university students tutoring and mentoring them and rotating grade levels during the different evenings of the week. Tutors are matched based on their subject range, suitability to each student’s needs, and scheduling. In addition to providing academics assistance, tutors also become a role model and mentor to students through the strong bond they develop. TCS provides modules for ADM students to follow. Aside from the physical space, MCI also provides computers to offer students a foundation in computer literacy and to teach them the use of basic information and communication technology tools. ADM students earn 60% of their credit from studying at TCD and 40 % from attendance at the mandatory MCI tutorial sessions. TCS provides tutors a notebook for each ADM student to take notes, and those notes are given weekly to the TCS administration. Both TCS’s ADM coordinators and MCI’s coordinators meet at least once a week with the TCS administration and the MCI college students who tutor the ADM students one-on-one to make sure that each student follows the modules and attends the tutorials. Each college student who tutors has a booklet about each ADM student to evaluate them weekly and to give the result to the TCS program head. Most of the tutors who teach the ADM students are majors in special education, so they are already trained for these types of tasks. Currently, 30 students and volunteers come from different universities to tutor the ADM students, but predominately the main feeder institutions are the University of Southeastern Philippines, the University of Mindanao, and the University of Immaculate Conception. The program leads give tutors authority to rate the students’ performance based on how they respond to every question the tutors give, their attendance, and their readiness (preparedness) when they arrive at the tutorial center in the Turkish Coffee Shop. The tutors give their assessment of the students to the ADM teachers at TCS, and that grade is added to their Performance Tasks (PT) with the percentage of 40% for the overall evaluation. As of now, there are a total of 60 students enrolled in the ADM program, but we are praying that we will be able to double that number to 120 if we find sponsors.

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