In the midst of frequent typhoons, it is funny how our education system here in the Philippines does not include first aid lessons and training in the curriculum of elementary and preschool pupils. Yes, including preschool pupils. Why is that? Children in this age, usually around four to six years old, are most receptive to new knowledge, especially to that knowledge where it requires hands-on training. This is also the stage wherein they will not try to escape or find excuses for them to be able to skip the lessons in first aid as this will be certainly appealing to them, especially with the notion of being able to save a life and being more like of their heroes, like Superman, Spider-Man, etc. It is just quite sad how the education system here does not take advantage of that faculty among kids these days, instead, they just spoon feed the knowledge required of them and not letting them experience how to gain that knowledge. As a result, here we are, flooded with rainwater and ignorant citizens, who only know how to complain and complain and never take a step himself to make an improvement. If only we are able to realize sooner how important it is to teach first aid among youngsters, we may have been able to reduce the number of casualties due to this heavy downpour. But remember, it is never too late – we can still make a difference. How? First by learning and mastering first the first-aid to be given during typhoons, as it will be extremely difficult to reach out during rescue if you do not know what to do. Second, by being visible to our fellow countrymen that their taxes on us will never be wasted. There are a lot of outreach programs in the university whenever a typhoon or monsoon hits us – which is a good sign that the iskolar ng bayan is in action. Third, by trying to disseminate the information about first aid and some tips how to survive whenever there’s a storm. Lastly, by teaching the kids we know, like our younger siblings and cousins, some basic first aid and by entertaining their questions as their young minds will have so many questions about this matter. This can also be made fun by putting this first aid training into a game wherein you can make the kids play a scene during a typhoon, and some kids will act as rescuers and that kind of sort.
Let us never underestimate the ability and the power of the coming generations, because all they need is trust that they can do it, that they have something to contribute for this nation. And remember, in them lies our future, so we must start guiding and equipping them with the right tools and knowledge in preparation for the approaching disasters, as these may still get worse.
-Nadine D. Racelis (2012-28848)