Bisaya program aids CdO schools in distance learning implementation

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 11 (PIA) -- Through their Bond Paper Gift Project, the ‘Bisaya Gyud’ program donated reams of bond paper to public schools in Cagayan de Oro City in support of distance learning implementation.

‘Bisaya Gyud’ is a weekly public service and entertainment program hosted by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Initially launched to help underprivileged Bisaya Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the program’s scope has progressed to serving Bisaya Filipinos nationwide since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, delivering grassroots information on the efforts of local and national governments to address the people’s needs during the health crisis whilst launching their own initiatives through the ‘Operation Tabang’.

Receiving the latest batch of donated reams of bond papers were teachers from the West Central Elementary School (West CCS) in Brgy. Carmen and Cagayan de Oro City High School (CDOHS). The Bisaya gyud team visited both schools not only to hand out the donations but also to assess the teachers’ plight during the pandemic.

Eldenne German, a teacher in West CCS, recounted the challenges they have been facing since the implementation of distance learning, in particular their efforts to sustain the needs of each of their learners.

“Others would say that teachers have less to work on considering that classes are not conducted physically, which is completely false. We put in just as much effort in our work. We physically report to our school to make sure that each child is given what they need to continue learning at home,” said German.

Meanwhile, CDOHS Grade 8 teacher Jesser Pairat recalled the adjustments the school made to assist especially the night shift students.

“The implementation of blended learning forced students to figure out how to continue learning their own, which is a drastic shift from the traditional face-to-face conduct of learning. Despite this, we make sure to let them know that we are still here should they need help by regularly contacting them and checking on their situation. In this way, not only are we helping them with their problems related to academics but also ease their anxiety somehow as they adjust with the changes in the new modes of learning,” said Pairat.

Both teachers expressed their gratitude for the donated bond papers and lauded the Bisaya Gyud team for their support to the education sector during the pandemic.

Amid the challenges, teacher German encouraged his colleagues to persevere and continue to do their work for the children ‘with love’.

“I encourage my colleagues to view the pandemic not as a setback but an opportunity to do better for our learners and help them each step of the way. Let us unite and continue to do our service with dedication for the betterment of our nation,” said German.

The ‘Bisaya Gyud’ program is aired every Saturday on select radio stations across the country and streamed live on its official Facebook page, https://ift.tt/3oUcxFN.

Apart from providing grassroots information on the pandemic, the program also explores Bisaya music and artists and features Bisaya success stories. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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