COMMUNITY EXTENSION PROGRAM (CEP)
Rationale and Philosophy
In order to fully prepare youths for adulthood there is a need to help them develop and hone personal and life skills as well as academic skills. This integral development of the young must prevail with connecting what the students learn in the classroom with real life situations where students learn best by doing, by service, and by reflecting on their own experiences.
The CEP is a formation program that is embodied in the development programs for students and personnel. It is integral to the academic program of the school. While instruction is the flesh and backbone that gives shape and provides the basic foundation of the student, the CEP is the heart and soul that gives vitality to the students’ overall formation by building and strengthening their character to become good Christians and virtuous citizens.
The CEP is also concerned with the formation of personnel, parents, alumni and partners. It provides experiences that allow them to live out the Marist values and concern for the least favored. As an institutional program, the CEP serves as the fulfillment of the social and religious responsibilities of Marist School.
The Community Extension Program of Marist School has the following objectives:
- Heighten awareness, inspire reflection and encourage volunteer action of students, personnel, parents, alumni, partners and beneficiaries on current issues and their effects on the well being of God’s creation, especially the poor;
- Engage the Marist School community in outreach projects and activities that enrich classroom learning experiences and the practice of Marist core values;
- Establish linkages with organized communities where youths and women could be empowered to undertake income-generating activities to improve life situations in their family and community; and
- Foster partnerships and collaboration with governmental, non-governmental, private, and civic organizations and institutions in undertaking projects and activities that advocate mutual learning, values formation, improvement in the lives of partners and beneficiaries
Upcoming outreach activities:
- Medical Mission
Sponsored by MMSAA through Batch 86
February 13, 2016 at the High School Covered Court
Volunteer doctors and dentists are alumni, parents and friends
- CSEP Culminating Activities
Cupang Elementary School, Kapitan Moy Elementary School and SSS Village Elementary School
February 24, 2016
- Post Disaster (typhoon Lando) Exposure Visit
In collaboration with Social Action Group of the Prelature of Infanta
through San Luis Rey Parish in San Luis, Aurora
Activity: Social interaction with residents in a tribal community in
Diteki, San Luis, Aurora
February 20, 2016 (tentative)
- Livelihood (Sewing) Project (Ongoing)
For sale: Ecobags, pillows, beddings, curtains
Accepting alteration jobs and made-to-order materials
MARIST AFTERNOON SHIFT HIGH SCHOOL
(A Community Outreach Program)
In one of the meetings of top and middle level administrators in 1993, then School President Bro. Manuel V. de Leon, FMS opened the topic on how Marist School can concretely respond to its mission of providing quality education to the least favored considering that for the last twenty-nine years, only those who can afford to pay the regular tuition fees are admitted to enroll. It was in the said meeting that the idea of opening evening classes was introduced. Bro. Manuel heeded the suggestion. In December 1993, he had the opportunity to be invited at De La Salle, Greenhills to observe the Adult Education Evening classes. The experience inspired him to push the idea and asked Miss Christine Stokes to gather more information from other schools offering the same program.
During SY 1994-1995, the proposal to open a Night High School was presented to the Board of Trustees and was approved in principle. Miss Christine Stokes, who was then the Executive Assistant for Academics, was designated program director. The letter of intent was sent to the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS)-NCR, which in return furnished Marist School the checklist of all the requirements. Consultation meetings, revision of the curriculum, ocular visits took place until a one year permit for a ladderized program was granted in May 1995.
Even prior to the receipt of the approval from DECS, information on the plans to open this special program was disseminated to the depressed communities within the vicinity of Marist School (General Ordoñez St., Marist Road, Tanguile St., Lower and Upper Apitong, and Kalayaan St). through the Barangay officials and parish church. And as early as April, screening of prospective students were conducted.
On June 10, 1995, forty seven boys and girls were admitted to the program and started their first day of school under the tutelage of volunteer teachers coming from both the high school and grade school departments. The program aimed:
- To provide quality education to these young boys and girls, enabling them to become good Christian and good citizens;
- To develop vocational or occupational skills to help them become productive members of society;
- To provide them basic learning skills to ensure lifelong learning and at the same time equip them with the necessary tools to pursue higher studies; and,
- To discover their individual talents and potentials and hone them to their full development.
Now on its 20th year, the Marist Afternoon Shift High School continues to be a concrete manifestation of the community’s commitment to MarcellinChampagnat’scharism of making Marist education accessible to the least favored. This special program continues to provide hope for young boys and girls to pursue their high school education in spite of the financial limitations of their parents.