The PSU Laboratory High School has just initiated its first ever, but hopefully not its last, Environment Awareness Camp.
Ms. Edith B. Estrella was the designated Camp Director of this 3-day activity participated in by almost all PSU Laboratory High School students, aimed to promote environmental awareness among them and at the same time this is viewed as a good opportunity to shed light on some environmental issues.
“This activity was mainly created for our students to know how to address emergency situations and be prepared enough to cope with unanticipated natural calamities,” said Ms. Estrella who is also a veteran Science teacher in PSU laboratory High School.
The participants fall under the ages of 14-16 years and they are geared up for a very rare experience. In the program for the said event, there was rather forthcoming disclaimer stating that the students “may encounter problems and inconveniences in the camp”. Clearly, this is intended for a most meaningful and lasting learning experience aimed to provide the students with crucial life skills.
“In the Environment Awareness Camp, we will practically be dealing with basic life survival skills. We also have resource speakers who will talk about other important topics,” Estrella explained.
She shared that the risk reduction management program of the provincial government as well as the Oplan Linis program of the city of Puerto Princesa are important things that the students are already aware of and the camp serves to remind them of these matters.
“It’s not only environment awareness that we wish to achieve. We are also building an atmosphere for the students to be with their friends so they may develop a sense of self confidence in the way they communicate, develop personal resiliency and have their own individuality. This is how we designed this event,” Estrella said of the program which is also incorporated into the curriculum in that the culminating activities in store for the next days are part of their subject requirements in MAPEH, English, Math and Social Studies.
The PSU Laboratory High School can only hope that this will be a yearly activity but this possibility will largely depend on the level of success of this week’s event. Meanwhile, the Lab High students are in for very memorable three days of fun, friendship and learning.