This is a late post, but I hope this will inspire us to serve in Cornerstone.
Cornerstone – a CFC program in partnership with the Ateneo Center for Educational Development held its first TEACH Expo last May 12, 2012 at Singson Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. This whole day affair gathered more than 250 volunteers from CFC Singles for Christ, and 41 passionate partners from the CFC Handmaids of the Lord and Couples for Christ (CFC) – all of which were brought together by the same fire to share God’s love to young learners. JQ Quimpang led our Cornerstone volunteers to an opening worship by alluding to our Lord Jesus Christ, as the greatest teacher of all – one who patiently makes known to us ‘the way, the truth and the life’.
The expo’s battle cry, Through Education Anything Can Happen was laid out by Cornerstone’s Project Director, Bernie Cuevas. This year’s thrust was to cater to 100 schools for the upcoming school year 2012 – 2013. Mel Oracion, Executive Director of Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED), in her opening remarks defined poverty as a monster with many hearts – killing just one at a time will not be enough. Cornerstone, in its commitment to mentor the young, provides us with a concrete and sustainable way of getting rid of the monster. By raising the quality of education that students in public schools have, we can assure good future for this younger generation of Filipinos.
The whole event was dedicated to sharpen the skills of Cornerstone volunteers, and equip those who don’t have prior teaching backgrounds. The first session entitled, Building Awareness of Learning Disabilities was given by Jenny Tapales, co-founder and a member of the board of directors of Ed Link Foundation and Link Ed Incorporated. Tapales’ session roused awareness and deeper understanding of the students’ feelings by tapping into classroom situations they usually go through. Workshops soon followed to boost the creativity and passion of all the volunteers. The workshops include Learning Fundamentals, Classroom Management and Discipline, Creative Teaching, Preparation of Instructional Materials, Child Psychology, and Parent Formation Program.
This event was made successful through the combined effort and generosity of Cornerstone full time workers and our partner ADMU, whose fruitful collaboration provided new platforms for learning to all the volunteers. As the expo came to a close with worship by Nic Escalona, the volunteers came home with their minds full of new discoveries, and their hearts ignited to serve and begin anew.