The registration of Sta. Teresita with the Department of Education,
Culture and Sports as a non formal school is still being processed
in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. For the first two years, the school was
occupying the first floor of a two-storey structure intended as
health center and the back portion of the community chapel. There
are no doctors or nurses in the area, so the health center was availbale
for the school use.
two-classroom structure was constructed and blessed September 8,
2001 on the grounds of Sta. Teresita Parish, which is under the
diocese of Malaybalay. Thanks to Starbucks Foundation, Starbucks
Coffee Co., and Rustans Coffee, who gave the grant for this project,
the two classrooms have been available for the kids SY 2001-2002.
The pre-school has two classes: Nursery (ages 3-4) and Kinder (ages
5-6). Total enrolment at the beginning of the school year 1999-2000
was 32. The Kinder class graduated 17 students in March 2000. These
children have now moved on to PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and are now
excelling among their peers at the primary level. The second batch
of kinder students graduated in March 2001.
Sta. Teresita Pre-School students are taught the basics of reading,
writing and Math. The medium of instruction is a mixture of four
languages: Binukid, Cebuano, Tagalog, and English. The teachers,
to suit the Lumad culture and life in community, localize the curriculum
and teaching. Tuition fee per month is at Php 25.00 per student.
Children bring their own snacks to school.
Cartwheel and the Miarayon community have made an agreement that
the sustainability of the school is only partly the foundation's
responsibility. The parents of the students and other members of
the community are now in the process of setting up a farmers cooperative
to generate funds to maintain Sta. Teresita Pre-School. Cartwheel
has committed to providing the school with financial assistance
for at least five years in the form of teacher's salaries, educational
materials, training expenses (travel, supervision, communication),
and other administrative costs.
The school still requires furnishings like tables and chairs for
the classrooms, books for the library, equipment for the playground,
among others. Hence, fundraising by Cartwheel Creative Center is
an ongoing process.
PRE-SCHOOL OPERATIONS IN SITIO ABEL
Based on a survey made , the number of children from ages 0-7 at Sitio
San Abel is more than a hundred. All school aged kids do not attend
school. There are no government plans as of yet to set up any school
program in the area.
Cartwheel has decided to undertake the construction of a branch of
the existing Pre-School at the Miarayon centro. A makeshift pre-school
was then built with the help of the leaders and parents of the children
in the area. Labor and wood were supplied by the community, the cost
of nails, roofing, etc. were supplied by Cartwheel. One of the community
elders decided to donate one hectare of his land for the school site.
He said that this will be his contribution for his grandchildren.
The operations of the pre-school started in June 2001.The pre-school
teachers at the Sta. Teresita Pre-School are willing to hold afternoon
classes in this site which is thirty minutes away from the centro.
Classes are daily from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The beneficiaries of
this Nursery class numbers up to 30 students.
Cartwheel does not believe in dole outs and simultaneously develops
plans and projects for self-sustainability with the communities
it serves. For this project, parents are asked to pay tuition fees
of Php 25.00 per month per child.
At present, the needs of the community are:
+ a Pre-School building (volunteers, construction materials, furnishings),
a community library (furnishings, books and magazines, maps and
charts, globe, etc.)
teacher training (volunteers, books and teaching journals, etc.),
+ educational materials, books, supplies, etc.