Technology is a part of our lifestyle. It is entangled with the simplicities and complexities of our life; the entertainment we indulge in, the machines we use and the information we seek. Technology is one of the most prevalent assets of our life; we want it, we need it, we long for it. Much like everything, it is a double-edged sword. Indeed, it is used to innovate and inform, however, it can be the latter. Technology is a legal drug; we are addicted to it because it does everything we do but better. We talk so much about freedom or “democracy” as we call it, yet we feed it with our entire private assets. Technology knows you from head-to-toe; it can even predict our actions. It creates an algorithm for you to invest more time with technology. It deals with our infinite boredom as it effortlessly hands you content that makes you stare at a blue screen for hours on end, like a moth to a flame. Technology has successfully created this illusion that “we need them,” especially with our intimate needs such as love and esteem. Technology breaks down people to superficiality, solely relying of mere strangers. Technology illustrates a capitalized yet romanticized version of ourselves that lead to our self-destruction. Much like everything leaves everything in moderation. Limit your time with technology and do the things that spark true passion and love. Yet, as I write this essay, I find myself tempted to type and print on my computer or a simple rectangular block I can’t live without. I wonder, “Do we control technology or does technology control us?”
The webinar was full of insightful ideas and among them, the career section caught my interest. As a student, some of the toughest decisions we will make in high school and college is “what am I going to do after college, what field of study is best?, is this field in demand?,are my skills in demand, and will there be enough jobs when I graduate?”. These are all important questions. Therefore, it is crucial to research and know our career options before graduating.
The career portion of the webinar discussed about the skills and values employers look for, sustainable careers in the future, and how students can prepare for their career choice. There were plenty of sustainable careers that were mentioned, but what interests me was the Registered Nurse career. Although the job that I want to attain in the future is a pediatrician, being a registered nurse can be an option. I love helping peopleso they feel better so this career choice is a good career option for me to take in consideration.
What I particularly remembered from how students can prepare for their career choice is to not procrastinate, to stay up-to-date, to expand my knowledge, and to pay more attention to my Math and Science classes. I do struggle to keep motivated when it comes to working on my school activities, so I tend to procrastinate a lot and end up cramming. I do want to change this habit of mine as I see it as a barrier for me to improve myself academically and mentally. I also want to expand my knowledge on various subjects and topics so I will have a general understanding which I can use in the future. I will also try my best to pay attention to my classes and to stay up-to-date with the current issues and to learn and retain these as much as I can.
This webinar has really opened up my eyes to what is currently important to me and that is to choose a strand to take to lead me to a sustainable career choice. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to learn and receive advice on the steps that I need to take from here and then on and the changes that I must do in order to achieve my goals.
Recognizing the importance of early childhood education, Childlink Learning Center and High School Inc. is open to partner with individuals and organizations for its early literacy program.
Ms. Maria Theresa Tio, Childlink founder and school directress, said they have come up with a module for the early literacy program which could be used to develop learning for children aged four to six.
“There are many benefits if we develop children at pre-school age. From 0 to 7 years old, the capability of our brains to absorb information and to learn is exponential,” Ms. Tio said.
She added that the learning ability of children will reduce as they grow older so it would be better to take the opportunity of teaching children in the pre-school so they have a good start.
“Preschool education will help develop the child’s study habits. It will develop the love for learning and good values,” Ms. Tio pointed out.
“Our school is making modules for Reading, Math, Science and Writing. So, the anchor of the program is really Reading for the students,” she explained.
Under the program, the teacher reads to the children and after reading, teach the children about letters, numbers, science related to the story read and writing. Childlink started to implement this program this month.
The Childlink Parents-Teachers Association bought 25 modules for the program, which will be given to the two institutions.
To implement the program, the school has partnered with the Cebu City Public Library and the Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School for the implementation of the program.
According to Ms. Tio, 15 modules are turned over to the Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School while the remaining 10 modules will go to the Cebu City Public Library.
The teachers at the Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School who will be conducting the classes do this as part of their community outreach program.
Meanwhile, a Childlink teacher will be the one to hold classes every Friday at the Cebu City Public Library.
When the program beneficiaries enter formal school kindergarten or grade 1, they will already know the sound of the letters and become aware of numbers and environment. They will also be prepared for writing, Ms. Tio said.
She explained that Childlink will be monitoring the implementation of program to ensure that this is properly implemented. Also, the kids participating in the program are required to finish the sessions to ensure their progress of learning.
The minimum number of sessions is 26. However, teachers may have to increase the sessions up to 52, depending on the situation.
The modules, which also composed of work books, will remain at the classroom but these will be given to the child once they completed the program.
The target beneficiaries are those belonging to the low-income sector who could not afford to send their children to pre-primary educational institutions.
To expand the program, Childlink is now looking for partners who will fund the cost of the modules estimated at between P1,000 and P1,200 each. Each module also includes crayons, pencils and erasers.
“I want to help more people in the community but we need partners and organizations who will donate the amount for the modules for their preferred beneficiaries. That’s the only way we can benefit more children,” Ms. Tio pointed out.
Childlink will take care of the training of teachers and will monitor the program implementation on behalf of the partners.
Twenty years ago, the school had started implementing its Reading program for the children of families living at the Inayawan dump site. However, the program was discontinued because the mothers who were trained to implement the program were no longer around.
Childlink then decided to revive an enhanced Reading program with the added Math, Science and Writing components, Ms. Tio said.
UNICEF also underscored the importance of pre-primary education, noting that children enrolled in at least one year of pre-primary education are more likely to develop the critical skills they need to succeed in school and less likely to repeat grades or drop out. #
Students assured of quality early education at Childlink
Acquiring quality early education, such as the one available at the Childlink Learning Center and High School Inc., is an important factor for success later in life, as supported by various studies.
According to a study that monitored a group of students who received early high-quality education, these students performed better than the students in the control group, both academically and socially.
The study showed that these students got higher scores on standardized testing and had higher attendance rates. They also got higher rates from their teachers in terms of behavior, social interactions and emotional maturity.
Maria Theresa Tio, founder and school directress, explained that Childlink’s curriculum is a combination of subjects recommended by the Department of Education with foreign-based curriculum, which is attuned to the needs of their students.
However, Childlink goes beyond offering the academic subjects since its curriculum is anchored on the12 universal values that includes love, responsibility, unity, and cooperation.
“Based on the testimonies of our students who graduated from our High School Program, they understood that they have roles to play in the community – that of service and responsibility to the environment and to the communities that they belong to ,” Ms. Tio explained.
Having attended classes at the Childlink prepares their students to become responsible members of the community. She said that they were able to achieve this through the collaboration between the school and the families.
Meanwhile, Childlink is now accepting enrollees as classes for the school year 2022-2023 will officially start in the last week of July 2022.
Since the school’s application for limited face-to-face classes has been approved, the blended learning of physical and online classes will start for the incoming school year. This means that there are days that the students will be going to school for their face to face classes while on other days, classes will be done online.
The school also continues to offer the Homeschool Program for the preschool, elementary and junior high school grade levels.
With the school’s advocacy for reading, the school has put up an electronic library to provide students with more opportunities to read books and encourage reading among Linkers.
Another service is the tutorial classes which is open to both students and non-students which is held after class hours.
For inquiries about the Childlink School, contact 3497422, 4152963 or 09338122911 or send a private message to the school’s Facebook/messenger.
Childlink Learning Center and High School Inc. has gained recognition for its efforts to continually upgrade its curriculum.
The school is the recipient of the Business Achievement and Recognition Award for Advance Learning Education Provider of the Year 2021 in Metro Cebu.
The award underscores the thrust of Childlink to always incorporate new teaching strategies to prepare their students to become active members of the community.
Despite the pandemic, Childlink’s strategy ensures that the school maintains quality education it has always strived for, says founder and school directress Maria Theresa Tio.
Ms. Tio noted that the school has been able to inculcate good values in their students before the pandemic occurred and these values enabled the students to cope with the challenges brought about by online classes.
The sense of responsibility that these students acquire also helped them as they go on to higher learning institutions and acquire the commitment to do their part becoming responsible members of the community.
The school has been active in promoting advocacies such as teenage pregnancy and bullying among others as well as organizing outreach programs.
Recently, Childlink initiated the launching of the advocacy for climate change. The event called A Call to Action To Stop Climate Change was participated by various schools and organizations.
The said activity is in response “to the global call of making gender equality as an approach to mitigating climate change.”
“Climate change is a global crisis. It has a negative impact on people and the environment around the world. All of us will be affected; however, not all of us will be affected in the same way,” Ms. Tio said during the launching held on March 14.
She explained that they took the lead in inviting participating schools such as Yokkaichi Maryknoll School in Japan, Fu Jen University in Taiwan, other Z Clubs in other provinces, Our Lady of Joy Learning Center in Consolacion, Cebu and Cebu Normal University.
Aside from the mother club, officers and members of the Zonta Club of Cebu II, the Miriam Environmental Planning Organization in Manila, Z Club of Childlink High School Cebu and the Childlink elementary students also joined the said event.
The Childlink students have suggested different activities to protect the environment, Ms. Tio disclosed, adding that they would also get inputs from the teachers and parents.
These suggestions submitted will be studied by the school’s admin team who will determine the recommendations that can be implemented in the incoming school year, she added. “We integrate all the contributions and suggestions and take action on these.”
The first step would be to create awareness among the students about climate change and how it can have adverse effects not only on the present generation but the future generations as well, Ms. Tio said.
However, she believed that the students can easily understand the gravity of climate change.
“I think the issue on climate change, they (students) can easily be understood. They can easily relate (to climate change),” Ms. Tio said. “ We encourage them to take an active role. After all, the future belongs to the young people.”
In her speech during the activity, she stressed the role of educational institutions in promoting awareness on climate change. “Education is the key to mitigate climate change.”
“Today, we support the global call to stop climate change through awareness of the issue and to make use of education as a platform for change. We promote and support equality in education and at the same time include climate literacy in our schools more so, promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) studies to allow our students to understand better and make valuable contributions to climate change mitigation,” Ms. Tio pointed out.
According to Ms. Tio, the school can incorporate the value of love for the environment in their lessons. Even a simple thing as teaching children to pick up wrappers and other trash will make prevent them from throwing these indiscriminately, she added.
What Childlink aims to do is to instill enthusiasm and drive among its students so they can contribute to climate change mitigation, said Mrs. Tio.
The Childlink Learning Center and Childlink High School Inc. now offers Senior High School S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Program for an Interactive & Engaging Online Environment.
Childlink brings to you the TRAITS of a good STEM School as shared by Dr. Cindy Moss, Discovery Education’s Vice President of Global STEM Initiatives. In her article The “Great 8”: Looking at the Traits of Successful STEM Schools, Dr. Moss emphasized the importance of STEM Education and how to implement it successfully.
The Great 8 are the following:
1st Element of a Successful STEM School – PROBLEM BASED LEARNING
2nd Element – RIGOROUS LEARNING
3rd Element – SCHOOL COMMUNITY AND BELONGING
4th Element – CONNECTING CAREERS, TECHNOLOGY, AND LIFE SKILLS
5th Element – PERSONALIZED LEARNING
6th Element – EXTERNAL COMMUNITY
7th Element – MODELING LIFELONG LEARNING
8th Element – FAMILY INVOLVEMENT AND ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS
Childlink Senior High School STEM Program is open for inquiries and enrollment for the SY 2022-2023.
A survey conducted on the psychological impact of the pandemic here in the Philippines showed that 13.4 percent of the respondents experience moderate to severe stress levels. Those affected include students and the youth.
According to the survey results, the prolonged home-stay and reports of poor health status as well as unnecessary worry, concerns for family members, and discrimination were among the causes with greater psychological impact of the pandemic and higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
Recognizing the need for intervention to address any adverse effects of the pandemic, Childlink Learning Center and High School Inc. and their students participated in a webinar that focused on how one can take care one’s self, explained Ms. Maria Theresa Tio, Childlink managing director and president.
Held on October 16, 2021, Saturday, the webinar featured Ms. Karen Espiritu, a life coach and training facilitator, who discussed the topic on ‘Caring For Your Well-Being.’
Ms. Espiritu stressed that a person’s well-being is one of the things that every person can control. She explained that this can be done by being mindful, by taking time to reflect on their lives, by praying and meditating. She urged participants to make a gratitude list of the things they have so that they could recognize their blessings, cherish these and be thankful for it.
She also noted that being physically active reduces negative thoughts and improves cognitive function. Participants were also encouraged to learn new things and new skills so that their minds would not dwell on the pandemic and how it has affected them. Acquiring new skills and knowledge can also help open opportunities for each person in the future.
Ms. Karen Espiritu also stressed the importance of continuous connection and interaction with their loved ones so they could form positive relationships that could provide comfort, strength and support.
Finally, by being generous, giving to others and sharing with others as much as they can, are ways of dealing with the stress brought about by the pandemic. By doing so, one can develop a sense of reward as well as spread positivity.
Ms. Sachi Lozano, an 18-year old advocate, also joined the webinar to introduce the Adversity Archive. The Adversity Archive is an online publication and a youth organization.
It focuses on stories of adversity of Filipinos that aims to bridge the marginalized with those who have the desire to learn about them and have the ability to help.
Based on the reaction papers of written by Childlink students, students admit that the pandemic has affected them. The webinar helped them realize that they have much to thank for in their lives. Students also recognize that there are things that they can do to minimize the stress and anxiety brought about by the pandemic.
Another webinar was held on October 23, 2021, Saturday in observance of the United Nations Day. The webinar, organized by Zonta Club of Cebu II in collaboration with the Z Club of Childlink High School Cebu, featured the topic on Child Marriage entitled “No Time to Lose: End Child Marriage Now.”
The UN Day activity featured We Are Grils, Not Brides Video while chosen members of the Childlink Z Club presented three stories of different child brides in different parts of the world.
It also featured a lyric video on Ending Child Marriage that was made by the Grade 9 Z Club of Childlink members.
According to a post on the Philippine Commission on Women website, 15 percent of Filipino girls are married before their 18th birthday and two percent are married before the age of 15.
The UNICEF also reported that the Philippines has the 12th highest absolute number of child brides in the world at 726,000.
Ms. Tio explained that Childlink has been promoting awareness among their students on societal issues. “This is one of the highlights in our curriculum,” she added.
On the campaign against child marriages, Linkers help by disseminating information on child marriages. High School students made a lot of infographics to describe what child marriage is. This advocacy on Ending Child Marriage was launched by the Z Club of Childlink in October 2020.
These are being shared by the Linkers to their friends and acquaintances as their way of helping in the campaign.
Meanwhile, Childlink will have various activities during the month of November in celebration of the National Children’s Month.
A virtual gathering of the Z Club of Childlink Learning Center and Highschool, the Golden Z Clubs chartered by Zonta Club of Cebu II and other invited guests will occur on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
During the webinar sponsored by Zonta Club of Cebu II, Zn Vivien Seno will conduct an orientation on the goals and objectives of Zonta and the youth chartered clubs, Z and Golden Z Club.
The webinar will also feature Ms. Karen Espiritu, a life coach and training facilitator. She will discuss the topic “Caring for your Wellbeing.” There will be a question and answer portion after Ms. Espiritu’s talk.
Recognizing the need for continued interaction among students, Childlink Learning Center and Highschool Inc. continues to hold activities for their students.
One of the activities is the First Virtual Childlink Family Day, a fun event for their students and parents with the theme ‘Linkers, the Game Changers’
Through the Virtual Family Day, Childlink aims to show everyone that despite the pandemic, the activities for students should continue, said Childlink founder and school directress Maria Theresa Tio.“Hopefully, it helps students to be motivated and engagedthrough the activities so that they continue to do well in online school,” Ms. Tio explained.
The Childlink Student Council led the activities.“It’s really a learning experience for them because even during the planning stage, council officers and members were very enthusiastic. They collaborated withthe admin staff and teachers assigned with specific tasks. They were mostly involved in program preparation and they conceptualized the games,” she said.
Held on September 24, 2021, the Family Day activities include art competition, quiz bee, scribbl.IO, charades, poem performance on Family and Peace for the Nursery 2 and Kindergarten 1 levels.
The winners of the art competition are Madison Ariane Keh of Team Water (Nursery 2); Mika Borromeo of Team Fire (Kindergarten 1); Miguel Rentuza of Team Water (Kindergarten 2); Vienna Ligutan of Team Water (Grade 1); Li Audric Antiporta of Team Wind (Grade 2); Cole Verano of Team Fire (Grade 3); Klayne Wynter Go of Team Earth (Grade 4); Ayeshia Cariquitan of Team Wind (Grade 5); Renzo Isaiah Bernabe of Team Earth (Grade 6); Archangel Binueza of Team Wind (Grade 7); Lindsay Rojas of Team Water (Grade 8); Seth Marcus Verano of Team Fire (Grade 9) and Lance Andrei Ong of Team Earth (Grade 10).
In her message during the Virtual Family Day, Ms. Tio urged parents to continue their support for the school’s Community Outreach Program for the Rise Above Foundation until the end of October. Parents were also encouraged to allow their children to enlist for the Project BalikBuhay Junior Vaccination program.
She also informed the parents about the activities for the month of October.
On October 16, the Zonta Club of Cebu II in cooperation with the Z Club of Childlink will conduct an online activity. The program will include an orientation of the goals and ideals of the Zonta International and the ideals for every Z club (composed of High School students ) and Golden Z Club (composed of College students).
The Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs present will have an opportunity to know the service and advocacy projects of other clubs and learn from each other.
The second part of the program is a webinar entitled Caring for your Well Being with speaker Ms. Karen Espiritu. This webinar will focus on understanding about social and mental wellness and learn how a person’s wellbeing can improve by the way that he or she is able to relate to oneself and to others
Another activity will be conducted on October 23. The Zonta Club of Cebu II in collaboration with Z Club of Childlink will commemorate the United Nations Day with the online forum entitled“No Time To Lose: End Child Marriage Now.”
On this day, different Child Bride stories will be told and acted out by Z Club of Childlink students, Ms. Tio said.
Also, ZontaClub of Cebu II selected members will also give statements of support for a call to action on the issue of Child Marriage, she added.
Ms. Tio also disclosed that Childlink is now accepting students from different areas outside Cebu for their online classes.
Aside from online classes, Childlink also offers the Home School Program. The program offers academic flexibility since it enables the parents to choose the pace and approach for their children’s modules. This is also an option for those living in areas with poor or unstable internet connection.
Childlink’s learning modules are appropriate for each student. The students are also given the opportunity to join online classes.
The school also offers After School Care Program, Daily tutorial classes for English and Special Education tutorial for students in preparation for mainstream classes.