Operation Brotherhood Montessori Center

 

VISION:

          The O. B. Montessori Child and Community Foundation, Inc. envisions rural and urban communities having access to affordable quality education using Montessori Pagsasarili approach that transforms children and adults to become responsible citizens who are self-sufficient.

MISSION:

          The O. B. Montessori Child and Community Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to establish lifelong learning programs aimed at “helping people help themselves” thru the O. B. Montessori Pagsasarili Twin Projects: O. B. Pagsasarili Preschool and O. B. Pagsasarili Mothercraft Training and Literacy Course in partnership with government and non-government organizations.

 

HISTORY:

          In 1983, O. B. Montessori Child and Community Foundation, Inc. (OBMCCFI) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) entered a joint project to provide affordable Montessori-based education to the less-privileged families of Metro Manila, called O. B. Pagsasarili Preschools. It utilizes the Montessori system of education with an abbreviated course for teachers in the community using an economic package of classroom materials. In the same year, the Mothercraft Literacy Course for Village Mothers was established in Cadiz and Sagay, Negros Occidental. This project was put up in coordination with the sugar planters and the local government headed by then Mayors Rowena Guanzon and Joseph Maranon. It is a one-week practical course for parents, guardians and caregivers on Personal Grooming and Hygiene, Good Housekeeping, Child Care, Cooking and Nutrition, and functional literacy using the Pagsasarili materials. The Pagsasarili Twin Projects won the UNESCO International Literacy Award in 1993 in New Delhi, India.

         “Pagsasarili” is a Filipino word which means the capacity to be self-sufficient or independent. “Help me to help myself” is the international plea of all children to adults asking them to prepare an environment where they would learn independence via work. The O. B. Pagsasarili Preschool is Montessori education made affordable regardless of gender, socio-economic status, race or faith. These schools produce the new Filipino children who are lovers of work, orderly, self-confident, independent and responsible citizens of the country and the “new” teacher who is trained to help people help themselves.

         To date, there are six financially self-sufficient Pagsasarili Preschools in Metro Manila located in West Crame and Onse in San Juan City; Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City; Tramo, Pasay City, San Roque and Industrial Valley Complex in Marikina City.In 1990, UNESCO declared the EFA Literacy Global Program, EDUCATION FOR ALL. By 2000, this was evaluated in Dakar, Africa. It was observed that although school interest increased in developing countries, the quality of education remained substandard. Thus, UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura called for the EFA-DAKAR FRAMEWORK OF ACTION for quality education..

         To realize this, OBMCCFI entered into a formal agreement with the Department of Education in Region 3 to reform the public school system and fulfil the right to quality education of five to twelve year old school children. The project, EFA-Dakar Action Plan for Quality Education, integrated the innovative Pagsasarili curriculum in the public school of Pulungbulu, Angeles City, Pampanga since 2001


         In 2003, six Pagsasarili Preschools opened in Ifugao Province, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was made possible with thru the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the local mayors of Lagawe, Kiangan, Banawe, Lamut, Mayoyao and Asipulo with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The municipalities of Alfonso Lista and Hungduan soon followed suit.

        Since 2005, OBMCCFI has been in partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office of Lipa City, Batangas in converting DSWD Day Care Centers into Pagsasarili Preschools. This was initiated by Senator Ralph Recto, an OBMC Alumnus, and wife Mayor Vilma Santos-Recto. When “Ate Vi” became the governor of Batangas, she continued the conversion of Day Care Centers in other municipalities of the province. To date, there are 99 Pagsasarili Preschools in 72 barangays of Lipa City and 34 more in 28 other municipalities of Batangas.

 

 

 

 


        In 2007 and 2009 respectively, the Department of Education and Teacher Training Universities tied up with OBMCCFI to adapt the Pagsasarili system into the pre-elementary level of public schools of Regions 1, 2, 4, 4A and 4B; and laboratory schools of Higher Education Institutions of Cadiz, Leyte, Dumaguete,Iloilo and Mati, Davao.

        Chevron Philippines, Inc. forged a partnership with OBMCCFI in 2015 to add 6 more Pagsasarili Preschools near their terminal in Batangas City and San Pascual, Batangas. In the same year, the Pagsasarili Literacy Center in Palan, San Marcelino, Zambales was opened to serve the indigenous Aeta community in the area. This is located right beside the Mt. Pinatubo Hidden Temple Shrine.

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS

The OBMCCFI is the implementing arm of the OBMC Community Service Programs:

  • Grassroots Leadership Scholarship (poor but deserving students of the Pagsasarili Preschools attend Grade School and High School in any of the OBMC Campuses)
  • Sustainable Livelihood Program (entrepreneurship skills are taught to parents and guardians to help them augment their household income).
  • Feeding the Body and Mind (nutritious meals are served to street children and their parents after being given functional literacy sessions).
  • Medical and Dental Missions (indigenous communities are given Practical Life sessions on Care of the Person and immediate health concerns are addressed by medical and dental practitioners).
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