For a child’s holistic development, learning must be obstacle free. A student must have full access to important information, equipped with the right tools, and guided through effective methods. But another key factor in a child’s growth is his environment.
A safe and happy environment is what allows a child to open himself to interesting things, encourages him to take up new challenges, and keeps him in the mood for learning.
Believing that a safe and happy learning environment is essential in honing the country’s future scientists and technologists, Malayan High School of Science (MHSS) held a parenting seminar entitled “Building a Safe Environment for Young Minds (An Anti-Bullying Program)” last March 17. Open to the public, the event aimed to educate parents on how they can get more involved in building a safe environment that will greatly aid in their children’s development.
For MHSS’s administrative officer and registrar Ferdinand R. Geronimo, a strong partnership between the school and the parents is ideal in supporting its students’ optimal growth. “MHSS endeavors to provide its students a safe learning environment, where students are free from social harms. That way, students can focus more on their studies. [To achieve this,] we want to empower parents.”
For principal Dr. Efren B. Mateo, to provide a safe learning environment for students must be one of the top priorities of every school. Schools must also have a strong stance against one of the most common behavioral and psycho-social issues among the youth today – bullying. “MHSS’s seminar on anti-bullying is very important. It is a manifestation that we are serious in facing the problem and minimizing, if not totally eradicating, the incidences of bullying in our school. We envision MHSS as a school with an environment that is safe, friendly, and conducive to learning.”
The seminar’s main highlight was the talk “A Stand on Safety: No to Bullying!” by actress and parenting expert Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan. In her talk, she discussed the nature of bullying, its prevalence, and other facts about the issue. Laxa-Pangilinan also shared with the attendees how they could protect their children and families from such social harms and help change the society.