Eat, Learn & Play Summer with UFI

Summer class is more fun with Uygongco Foundation Inc.’s (UFI) Eat, Learn & Play activity that kicked off last April 11 and ran until May 6, 2016 in all of the foundation’s seven adopted elementary schools in Capiz, Iloilo and Guimaras.

Classes in Science, Math and English with supplementary activities on Sports and Art were conducted for the 411 elementary beneficiaries of UFI in Aranguel Elementary School, Andres Bonifacio Elementary School, Don Pedro Vasquez Memorial School, Hibao-an Elementary School, Jordan Central School, President Roxas East Elementary School and Rizal Elementary School.

The two-hour summer classes recognize the need to continuously boost the over-all health of a child throughout the year, despite the summer break, by primarily maintaining the child’s good nutritional status as it runs under the Feeding Program of UFI. To this, UFI Coordinator from Aranguel Elementary School Vivian Detaro explained, “Usually kalabanan sa mga public school [students], pigado nga ginatawag. Wala sila pagkaon. While sa Uygongco ya may lunch gid sila nga gina-serve. Pag-abot sa klase, maluya sila tapos pagtunga sang klase daw ga amat-amat mayo ila nutritional index unlike sa iban, dirediretso lang gid ya. Daw wala improvement sa ila nutrition,” (Most public school students are poor. They don’t have much food but, Uygongco beneficiaries are served with lunch so when they [beneficiaries] arrive in school, they’re weak but in the middle of the day, they gradually improve in terms of nutritional index. For others, the lack of nutrition continues and they don’t seem to improve.)

Eat, Learn & Play provides lunch to the beneficiaries every after the 2-hour classes.

Detaro added that children often go to school without their complete school supplies which affects the quality and efficiency of teaching. She shared, “Aga pa lang ma-writing activity ka, ipa-take out mo lapis nila, tapos dugay-dugay may mahambal, ‘Ma’am, wala ko lapis’ ukon ‘wala ko papel’. Kis-a gina pahulam ko lang sa ila lapis ko,” (Early on, you hold a writing activity and you’d ask them to take out their pencils, then later one would raise, ‘Ma’am, I don’t have a pencil’ or ‘I don’t have paper’. Sometimes I just lend my own pencil.)

UFI’s Eat, Learn & Play aims to develop the child’s learning capabilities by conducting classes with the necessary materials provided so that instruction becomes easier and the lessons become more interactive between the teacher and the student.

Detaro added that children often go to school without their complete school supplies which affects the quality and efficiency of teaching. She shared, “Aga pa lang ma-writing activity ka, ipa-take out mo lapis nila, tapos dugay-dugay may mahambal, ‘Ma’am, wala ko lapis’ ukon ‘wala ko papel’. Kis-a gina pahulam ko lang sa ila lapis ko,” (Early on, you hold a writing activity and you’d ask them to take out their pencils, then later one would raise, ‘Ma’am, I don’t have a pencil’ or ‘I don’t have paper’. Sometimes I just lend my own pencil.)

UFI’s Eat, Learn & Play aims to develop the child’s learning capabilities by conducting classes with the necessary materials provided so that instruction becomes easier and the lessons become more interactive between the teacher and the student.

Jordan Central School kids creating their own pinwheels during the art activity.

Some parents have also noticed the positive impact of the activity to their kids. “La-in gid ya sang waay siya ga-summer sang una kay ti hampang lang bal-an ya sa balay. Damo siya may nabal-an subong maski tunga lang na [sa adlaw ang klase]. Kung mag-abot siya sa balay, ginapakita ya gid na iya naubrahan,” shares Ruchyl Gabasa, mother of Jordan Central School 5thgrader Jocel who has been experiencing Eat, Learn & Play for the second year now. (It’s really different because before, without the summer classes, he just plays at home. Now, he knows a lot even though it’s just a half-day class. When he arrives at home, he shows me his works.)

Meanwhile, Andres Bonifacio Elementary School Coordinator Olivia Tabat observed an improvement on the personality of the beneficiaries. “Sang una gahuya-huya pa sila, mostly sa girls.Sang grade 3 sila, indi pa na sila close. Subong makita mo na gid ila closeness. Pero siyempre sa boys may ara gid ya nga mga masabad pero may dako gid ya nga improvement sa ilapersonality, kag sa pag keep-up sang cleanliness sang lawas nila. Parehos na abi, every time magkaon sila gapanghugas sila anay,” Tabat elaborated. (Before, they often hesitated, especially the girls. When they were in 3rd grade, they weren’t close. Now, you would see their closeness. Of course, there would be mischief from the boys every now and then but there’s still a big difference in their own personalities and in the way they maintain their cleanliness like before they eat, they would wash their hands first.)

Tabat further remarked how the relationship among parents also improved since they have been working together in preparing the meals of the children. She observed that they have turned into a family united in improving their children’s growth.

Eat, Learn & Play culminated on May 6 with the children viewing an educational, animated film and sharing their sentiments about the entire summer activity