Grade 9 JEEP
Luke 4: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor…”
Anchored on the teachings of Jesus, particularly on the Gospel of Luke 4: 18, the Junior High School (JHS) Unit seeks to actively involve itself in various community endeavors for the service of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. This commitment is reflected in the Scholastican Education being offered to our students – holistic, relevant, responsive and faithful to the Gospel.
With the thrust Education for Justice and Social Transformation, it is given that the school must introduce the students to the social realities of the present time. Hence, for the past years, as it has always been the desire of the institution to inculcate among students’ consciousness their role as agents of change in transforming society and their readiness to meet social responsibilities, the Christian Living Education (CLE), as the Core of the Curriculum, together with the various subject areas – Social Studies, Filipino, Science, English, MAPEH, Math, Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), including the Homeroom Program and the Outreach Office Tanggapan ng Kalinga (TK), has been utilizing an integral approach in letting the young people experience the role of the Church and the school in renewed evangelization and transformative education through an exposure/immersion activity in the urban poor communities as part of the Religion Extension Program (REP). The integration of these different disciplines in the activity is aimed at helping the students realize and understand the interconnectedness of the lessons they study in molding them into the Scholasticans envisioned in the school’s thrust.
It is in line with the aforementioned ideals that the Grade 9 Level of the JHS held this year’s Juniors’ Exposure Experience in Pandacan (JEEP) activity. The TK, in collaboration with the Grade 9 academic subject areas, scheduled last October 15 (9Service, 9Community, 9Humility, and 9Reverence) and October 16 (9Loyalty, 9Assertivenesss, and 9Openness), from 7:30AM to 10:15AM, the exposure/interaction of the students in the barangays of Paco and Pandacan under the Sama – Samang Komunidad ng Paco at Pandacan (SKPP), a partner community of the unit. Prior to the visit, a batch orientation was held in which students were provided a copy of the concept paper containing all the details of the activity.
During the event proper, the grade level facilitator, advisers, subject teachers, and two security guards were present to supervise the students. Each group of students stayed with their assigned family for interaction. As what Jesus did in the gospels, the students immersed themselves with the members of the families by telling stories, asking them of their present joys and difficulties in life, preparing and partaking of food with them, praying with the family, and playing with the children in the community. These gave the students the chance to know the realities in the lives of the people they stayed with.
To conclude, this experience concretizes what Pope Francis conveys on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy, “At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.”
By Mr. Arnel Daliva, Grade 9 Level Facilitator