Mayderlin Eduria (left) with her fellow CMS Volunteers in CDO
Story submitted by Mayderlyn K. Eduria
CAGAYAN DE ORO, Misamis Oriental – “Being a volunteer for Checkmyschool is a great adventure of discovery. The program enabled me to understand the process of improving facilities and the quality of education in different public schools through evaluation and monitoring”, says Mayderlyn K. Eduria, a 41-year-old college student in Cagayan de Oro City.
Together with her team of CMS volunteers, Mayderlyn sought to gather information from public school teachers in the city in order to identify issues that hinder the delivery of quality education. What initially seemed to be an easy task turned out to be quite challenging. Perhaps physically and mentally drained from a long day of teaching, some teachers refused the team’s request for an assessment interview and for them to fill up the survey forms.
Mayderlyn was certain, however, that part of their task was not to give up. “I had to persevere if I wanted to see public education in Cagayan de Oro improve. Our volunteer work is the bridge that will lead to my dream of a better public education system.”
Mayderlyn and her team dedicated the early part of May to introducing the CMS advocacy to teachers and principals. They also stepped up their efforts in building trust and relationships with the educators. Through their personal interactions with the teachers, the volunteers eventually got the information they needed.
The team identified one concern that could be easily addressed—improving school facilities. Based on this finding, the teachers discussed possible solutions that could be implemented. After several months, Mayderlyn and her team returned to one of the schools involved in the CMS project, Cugman Elementary School. They were glad to see gradual changes being made.
Cugman Elementary School before CMS visit (left) and after CMS visit (center and right)
The classrooms were now cleaner and more orderly. A fresh coat of green paint unified the other elements in the classroom, such as the chairs. The principal and teachers were also notably more enthusiastic in planning activities for the school. The team noticed the same enthusiasm among the principals and teachers of the other public schools involved in the project.
“I was amazed at how committed the principals and teachers of the schools were in resolving their problems. Perhaps a little push in the right direction was all that they needed,” said Mayderlyn. Mayderlyn, who finds volunteer work challenging but fulfilling, has become a model of inspiration and change in her community.
Written by David Faustino De Castro and Carol Delos Santos
Edited by Eric Michael B. Santos