MANILA, June 10, 2014 – Parents and teachers are longing for inspiration — surprisingly or not surprisingly – from the Bible.
This is the observation of facilitators of a foundation that has been conducting values formation in public schools for over a decade since 2002 to help edify the young.
“We observe from the participation of parents and teachers that they hunger for inspiration from the Bible,” Education Foundation Inc. (EFI) executive director Myra M. Menguito said.
More than this longing, parents and teachers also demonstrate their loyalty to the Church when someone among their peers challenges Christianity.
Menguito said it is ‘reaffirming’ every time a parent or a teacher stands up to defend the faith when an agnostic or a rabid unbeliever tries to attack the Church or Christianity.
During parents and teachers’ sessions, non-Christians and even the atheists attend the program, she said. At the least, they witness – if not get outright converted by — the values that are treasured and promoted by the Catholic Church.
Schools are battlegrounds for continuing the work of Christ, Menguito said.
Formators enter the campuses and work unaware of the challenges they may face.
Some of the parents tell the formators bluntly that they find the sessions repetitive, she said. But this does not rattle them, nor undermine their morale.
“The sessions are open,” Menguito said. “The goal is to plant something. Even if we know one will contradict, we continue. “It’s really choosing to be brave. We hope that every session they will see Christ.”
The values formation for parents and teachers is part of the foundation’s concept of effective formation for school children.
The EFI holds that kids’ formation of children will succeed only if parents and teachers themselves would demonstrate the same values being instilled in the young.
The Department of Education and the EFI penned a memorandum of agreement (MOA) recently, allowing the foundation to adopt school not only in the National Capitol Region (NCR), but also all over the country.
EFI’s adopted schools include among others Libis Elementary School, Kamuning Elementary School, Pasong Tamo Elementary School, Culiat High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, and Quezon City High School.
The foundation will keep an eye on the formation of school children beginning Grade 1 until high school, Menguito said. (Oliver Samson)