9 Great Reasons Why You Should Join Checkmyschool.org

9 GREAT REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN CMS

1.      Help improve school condition.

By joining CMS, you are taking part in the revolution of improving the education situation in the country by providing better services to public schools where most of the Filipino children are studying.

2.      Take part in the development of the country.

Education is crucial in the development of Philippines. According to HSBC forecast, Philippines will be among the top 20 countries in the world by 2050. One reason for this is the rule of law and quality of education in the country. When you take part in CMS, you monitor the services provided in the schools (part of the rule of the law) and improve the quality of education by providing better services to schools.

3.      Be the change you want to see in the world by volunteering.

“Volunteers aren’t paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Anonymous

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

These two famous quotations reflect the beauty of a volunteer’s heart: who serves without anything in return; and a person who change the world by giving service to others. When you volunteer to CMS, you are not just showing unconditional love, but you are also taking part in changing the world.

4.      Friendship and family of public servants

As of 2012, CMS has reached 14 areas in the country with 20 infomediaries and 1,053 volunteers. CMS offers you this large network of friends whom you can tap for your own activities. These are reliable people whom you connect with especially when you are in their area

Not only does CMS offer you a genuine friendship, but also a family whom you can grow with. CMS gathers its volunteers at least one a year for workshops, and other activities where you can bond with each other. CMS also has a Facebook group where you can chat and exchange your thoughts.

 5.      Develop yourself with training and other opportunities

CMS and its partners provide training and other opportunities which you can access when you take part in the group. The training includes facilitation skills, reporting skills, fund-raising, and the like.

Other opportunities include invitation to events related to education, governance, leadership, and other youth events where volunteers can benefit on.

 6.      Networking with various sectors

CMS is connected with different stakeholders such as government agencies, private sectors, citizen groups, academe, and media. When you join CMS, you will also be connected with these stakeholders whom you can build relationships with. Below are some benefits of networking according to Made Manual (http://www.mademan.com/mm/10-benefits-networking.html):

  1. Being active. Being active is a benefit of networking. Believe it or not, by just getting yourself out there and connecting to people you are moving your career forward. By going to a networking party or group, you are taking the first step towards improving yourself and your career.

 

  1. Openness. Openness is a benefit of networking. By allowing yourself to be open you gain more information for yourself and share information with others. 

 

  1. Information. Information is a benefit of networking. When you go to network parties you are almost guaranteed to gain information, starting from when you first walk in the door.

 

  1. Knowledge. Knowledge is a benefit of networking. The more information you have the more power you have. Networking helps you expand your knowledge about where you want to grow and puts you in the position to help others.

 

  1. New leads. Finding new leads is a benefit of networking. Networking allows you to gain new ideas and new approaches that you didn’t think of before. 

 

  1. Contacts. Gaining contacts is a benefit of networking. You are sure to make great new personal contacts and connections.

 

  1. Skills. Developing skills is a benefit of networking. Networking is a skill in itself. The more you network, the better you do and the more chances there are that you will grow.

 

  1. Reputation. Improving your reputation is a benefit of networking. If you start networking a lot and become good at it, you might get a reputation for being a person people want to talk to and get to know. Again, this will allow you to grow. 

 

  1. Support. Finding support is a benefit of networking. A good reputation leads to support. Getting people to be on your side is like word of mouth advertising. These people will help spread good information about who you are and what your business does.

 

  1. Self Esteem. Gaining self esteem is a benefit of networking. As humans we need to socialize and network, which leads to making friends and getting people to like us. All this leads to higher self esteem. Higher self esteem makes you happy and in turn makes you create a better position for yourself so that you and your business will grow.

 7.      Prestige in joining CMS

CMS is the first in the world in combining different digital media and community mobilization. It has garnered a great reputation not just in the Philippines but also in the world in terms of providing innovative examples and concrete results. In less than a year, CMS has already been featured in television, online news, print media, radio, and events not just in the country but in different parts of the globe. Its popularity already made replications in countries like Colombia, and also enticed other countries to adopt it as well. As you get connected with CMS, you also become part of that prestige.

 8.      One of a kind experience

CMS offers you a one of a kind experience in volunteering. It offers you a challenging opportunity of communicating with different kinds of people from different sectors. It gives you the challenge of going to places where you haven’t been. It gives you that once-in-a-lifetime chance of concretely making a change in the community by helping schools to improve their condition. There are a lot more to be discovered here. Don’t worry because you have a dependable CMS family to support you on this.

9.      Gain the power of information

CMS promotes transparency and social accountability using information. When you take part in CMS, you don’t just know the information but you also take part in seeking the right information. When you have the right information, you gain the power of truth which you can use to further advance the cause of improving the services in the schools. Not only are you going to be informed about the school information, but you will also learn a lot of things regarding education, DepEd, digital technology and other related information.

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Check My School Team

KNOWING CHECK MY SCHOOL

Checkmyschool.org

Check My School (CMS) is a project which combines technology information and community mobilization to improve the public education services.

As an online platform for information access, CMS is designed to be both informative and interactive. It provides a profile page which contains the information about each school which contains pictures, school activities, services available, and many more. It provides different channels for sending feedback such as Facebook, Twitter, online chat box and even SMS for stakeholders with no internet connection.

As a community mobilization project, it serves as a platform for citizens’ participation in monitoring enabling transparency and accountability in the school operations. It is the offline side of CMS, which is operationalizes the deployment of so-called information intermediaries or “infomediaries.” In the context of this initiative, “infomediaries” are capable and technology-literate volunteers drawn from the community, who, through the information they can source from available technologies, can engage their fellow community members about their public service-related inquiries or concerns. Such mechanism stimulates demand for access to information among people who are otherwise not serviced by the government because of their limited access to technology.

The importance of access to information is best demonstrated through concrete cases where issues that directly affect the communities are resolved after utilizing information that had been made accessible. The initiative helps surface basic education issues and showcases community engagement with government to address them. This program of CMS is called Operation Thank You which translates information to issue resolution.

The tagline “Promoting transparency and social accountability, one school at a time!” encapsulates the strategy to make education information relevant in a concrete way. It means facilitating response to a school issue through the collective efforts of government, community, civil society and private sector stakeholders.

UNITS

Regional Operations

The regional operation is part of the project’s community mobilization component. CMS regional operations are consist of the area coordinator, infomediary and school volunteers. Each has several responsibilities which are considered as the core of CMS operations.

Area infomediary coordinator

  • Can be an organization or as an individual.
  • Serve as the leader of infomediaries who are operating in an area (ex. Leyte area). S/he creates team of infomediaries in the area if there is none. The infomediaries can be school stakeholders (parents, students, teachers), community stakeholders (NSTP students from other schools, youth organizations outside the schools), or a combination of both.
  • Coordinates with the CMS national team regarding the area operations. S/he regularly communicates with the national infomediary coordinator.
  • Coordinates with education stakeholders such as local DepEd offices, local school boards, and local citizen groups.

Infomediary

  • They can be members of organizations or individuals outside the schools or school stakeholders (parents, students, teachers, admin in the school)
  • Infomediaries are technology literate volunteers who facilitate the exchange of information from the schools to the online portal, vise-versa. This may mean posting pictures and data in the website in behalf of the school and relaying the information in online portal to the community
  • Target schools where they orient and organize school stakeholders to monitor school services (ex. teachers, parents, students).  School stakeholders involved in CMS activities are called CMS volunteers
  • Lead the validation of school information in target schools. They coordinate with school heads/ administrators of target schools in the gathering of school information and validation of DepEd data on school services. They coordinate with volunteers in the conduct of data validation, guide them in the checking, report the results, identify issues, and help the solved issues by coordinating with education stakeholders (DepEd, private sector, academe, local government, local government offices, etc)\
Infomediary Operations

Communications and Technical Operations

This unit is in-charge of the CMS’s digital platforms (Facebook, Twitter, SMS and website). Their functions are as follows:

  • Make sure that the digital platforms are active and updated. They create news articles, post picture, upload videos or provide content in the website.
  • Make sure that the digital platforms are working properly.
  • They popularize the use of the digital platforms, increase its users, and engage more people to interact.

Finance and administration

This unit serves as the support group of CMS in terms of generating funds and providing the necessary logistical and administrative needs of the project.

  • They find ways to generate funds and resources for CMS through donations, sponsorship or fund-raising events.
  • They handle and manage the funds and resources of CMS
  • They serve manage properties of CMS including purchasing and keeping of supplies and other materials for operations.

CMS Network Management

This unit is in-charge of CMS’s human resource and organizational linkages. Following are the responsibilities of volunteers in this unit:

Human resource

  • Takes charge in the recruitment of volunteers for CMS
  • Takes charge in developing the team through team-building activities and the like.
  • Helps in managing volunteers including profiling of volunteers, determining their needs, and responding to them.

OrganIzational linkages

  • Manages the partnership engagements of CMS with education stakeholders (private companies, citizen groups, DepEd, LSBs, etc)
  • Facilitate linkages with groups interested in partnering with CMS.
  • Coordinates with partners of CMS in its activities

 

Infomediary Operations

Moving beyond

Today is the last day that will mark my first day of moving beyond.

I have been living for more than 2 decades now and I could say that I am very happy on how things are going. Great job, happy relationships, healthy being, and consistently challenged life. I can feel that I am really growing every day. It is such a fulfillment to note that both challenges and surprises makes me more excited about what will happen tomorrow.

Blessed – that is how I will describe my life. God has brought me to the place where my purpose is coming true. I have a good job that allows me to travel, meet people, and of course help my fellow (and my country). That alone is more than enough to say that God has always been there to fulfill his promise.

Getting positions in organizations, winning contests, travelling, happy family and loving friends. The universe seems to be conspiring to bring me all these treasures in life. I could not ask for more but for God to use me more to fulfill his purpose.

Gifted – that is how I will describe my relationships. Single as always, and I am happy about it. I may not be holding someone else’s hands at the moment but I know soon, God will hand me that person I am destined to be with. I am happy to be single than to be attached with someone who is not for me. No more waiting in vain and martyrdom this time. I will just prepare myself for that right person.

I have my family, genuine friends who is always there and colleagues who constantly reminds me that God is always there. I value relationships more than anything else. What I learned at this point in my life is that “money can’t really buy happiness but good relationships can provide you more than happiness”.

Chosen – is my discernment as I move beyond a new year in my life. Of all people in this country and the world, I believe that I am one of the chosen. This belief serves as my driving force in moving beyond my mission of serving my fellow and the world. A David in the making, I know I’ll be facing giants on the new year in my life but I know that with God, I can conquer them all. I have no right to sit down and slouch waiting for things to happen. I’ll be moving beyond and do my part in changing the world.

Moving beyond. Moving with God.

– This is Jecel Censoro, 2 hours before the clock ticks to 12.=D

At Magellan's Cross, Cebu City, Philippines for my birthday celebration - June 2011