MANILA- As clashes in Marawi City continue, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday called on the private sector to volunteer or donate for repairs needed in damaged schools and to fund school supplies for students displaced by the weeks-long firefights.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones admitted it was impossible for classes to resume in Marawi City schools on June 19 as government troops were still in the thick of the battle against terror groups.
But this early, the department has started mobilizing people for a “BRIGADA FOR MARAWI.”
"We need to rationalize contributions. Favorite donations are usually food items. But we are interested in paint, construction materials, shoes and slippers. Size 4-6 daw. And desks," Briones said.
Based on DepEd data, seven schools in Marawi were completely destroyed after being either bombed or razed in the extremist attacks.
Nearby schools like the Iligan City National High School meanwhile are being used as evacuation centers, which means these would also need fixing once the security situation improves.
DepEd is also providing psychological first aid for teachers affected by the conflict in Marawi, to prepare them for teaching once again.
DepEd is tracking down all displaced teachers from city as many of the affected students need to be taught in Maranao, their native tongue.
Teams have been also deployed to evacuation centers and communities near the conflict area to trace more affected students and teachers, and assist them in their needs.
A total of 7,487 displaced Marawi students have already been enrolled across 10 different regions to continue their education.
Below is a breakdown of the figures from DepEd:
Region 1 - 27
Region 3 - 49
National Capital Region - 429
Region 5 - 5
Region 6 - 21
Region 7 - 71
Region 9 - 30
Region 10 - 6,484
Region 12 - 231
Region 13 - 140
Clashes between state forces and local extremists erupted in Marawi City on May 23, leaving thousands fleeing for safety and more than 300 dead.