Mind & Body

Tarlac Teacher Sews Comfort for Her Students

It’s just days away before another school year unfolds, and Department of Education’s (DepEd) “Brigada Eskwela” 2019 may have come to an end, but a teacher’s dedication to give her students a comfortable learning environment will never run dry.

Annually, the DepEd initiates a project called Brigada Eskwela, which aims to provide students well-maintained classrooms, and various learning tools to encourage them to persevere and study as diligently as they can.

This year, the spotlight was heavily pointed at Merlita Geronimo Narne, a 51-year-old public school teacher at Balayang Elementary School in Tarlac.

Beyond teaching

On the third (3rd) day of their school’s Brigada Eskwela, teacher Merlita posted on her Facebook account her sewn creations of padded seat covers for her classroom’s armchairs, which got a lot of positive responses from the Facebook community.


Teacher Merlita has been a teaching for over 21 years and handles Grade 1 elementary students at Balayang Elementary School in Victoria, Tarlac.

In an exclusive interview with INQUIRER.net, she reveals that the parents of the students also help her turn her initiatives into a reality, by providing financial assistance to buy the materials she needs.

For this school year, she has produced a total of 60 padded seat covers for 30 armchairs in her classroom.

Actually katuwang ko ang mga parents ng mga bata, yung mga willing magshare ng budget, but most of it galing sa sarili kong bulsa,” she adds.

Sewing for the children’s future

Every year, Teacher Merlita thinks of fresh ideas that can help stimulate productive learning in her students for their classroom.

With the governments’ initiative to hire more teachers with 2019’s budget, Teacher Merlita hopes to shine a light in the hearts of those who aspire to take the path she is taking, and do whatever they can, since the bright future of their students and the next generations are at stake.

“I just hope this will motivate or inspire others [with the same] profession as I am and those future teachers, for the benefit of the children and of the future generations,” Narne said.

via INQUIRER.net / Ves Garcia / Photos from Merlita Geronimo Narne

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