Support our Students’ Daily Needs

Kindergarten children enjoy their lunch in school. (Photo by Lilli O. Breininger.)

Our children from all walks of life are happy, healthy, talented, and love to learn.

In 2012, Tuburan started with one kindergarten class of 12 children. This 2016, Tuburan has 45 children from kindergarten to Class 3 (Grade 3). One more year level is expected to be added to each succeeding year.

The children come from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. There are Filipinos and some foreigners; all are learning to communicate fluently in English, Bisaya, and Tagalog. The children’s parents are tricycle drivers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, shop keepers, artists, teachers, factory workers, into development work and government work. Some children live a stone’s throw away from the school; others live two hours away.

Because class sizes in Tuburan are relatively small, teachers are able to give time and attention to each child.

However, the challenge still remains: how to sustain children’s needs throughout the year – especially those children from low-income families who pay socialized fees.

Though many resonate with Steiner/Waldorf education, enrolling in Tuburan has not been easy for many because:

  • Steiner/Waldorf education requires families to walk the talk and natural and age-appropriate activities like delaying screen time for children.
  • Tuburan’s school site is in a wonderful nature environment – but it’s located in the outskirts of Davao City and too far for many families with young children
  • Tuburan’s children living far from the school have to carpool with each other to reach the school since there is no school bus yet.
  • To get to the school, one has to walk through an access road that turns into a muddy pool when it rains.

For the Tuburan community, however, the challenges are all part of birthing a green community school offering a truly holistic education. Everyone is committed to work together and find creative ways to pay for monthly operational expenses that cannot be yet covered by the school’s socialized school fees, fundraising activities, and social enterprises.

For this reason, we will gladly accept support for the education of our pioneering students.

Grade school students do some movement exercises in the morning. (Photo by Lilli O. Breininger.)

My husband and I struggle to pay the children’s monthly school fees. Our greatest difficulty is that our home is very far from Tuburan. That’s why my husband and I often explain to our children that it might be easier for us all if they transfer to a school nearer to our home.

They don’t want to of course, and neither do my husband and I. The children are learning so much at Tuburan and becoming so independent.

I was so touched when one other Tuburan family offered to let our children stay with them instead – just so our children can continue going to Tuburan. My husband and I thought long about this and think it’s best if we find a home and employment near the school instead. So that’s what we did. We owe it to our children.

josephine-parentJosephine C. Tinio, Parent

Josephine’s family has recently started renting a house ten minutes away from Tuburan where her husband now works as the school’s Security and Maintenance Staff.

 

 

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