Importance of School Facilities
A school with good facilities simply implies that students are given their right for a good learning environment. But it’s sad to know that there are public schools with poor ventilated classrooms, non-functional or poorly maintained comfort rooms and overcrowded classroom situations.
I have a friend who is a teacher in one of the public schools in Alabama. She loves teaching children but dreads the facilities of the school. It is an old school building and hasn’t gone major renovations. The teachers and students share the same public comfort room with non-working toilet system and faucets. The pipes are corroded. Sometimes they experience a major water leak in the building that they need to cancel classes for the plumbing services to take place. There is no running water. They rely on the janitors to fill in the tank with water every morning. I have been in that school for several occasions during open house activities and invitational sports events. I knew what it’s like to live everyday with such terrible facility.
They also have crowded classrooms where 50 students needed to fit in a room. Many students complain of rowdy classmates and too much noise in the classroom. They complained of having hard time concentrating with the lessons. It is hard for teachers too to conduct group works in a limited area. Teachers struggle in classroom management, causing them physical exhaustion.
The issues have been brought up to the administration many times but they reason out that it’s still usable anyway and they didn’t have enough funds. They have overlooked the possible effects of having a poor facility condition on health, learning and teaching.
I have seen my friend and how much she loves her job as a teacher despite the low pay and disadvantaged situation. I can see it in her eyes that she has a passion for children.
What sets her aside from the rest is her genuine caring attitude. She cares for the rights of every child to learn in a conducive, well-maintained environment. She believes it has a great impact to student’s learning process. She cares for their health and safety too.
Right now, she is making a research study about this problem in her school. To help her out on this research, I introduced her to a website called MyWebPal. It is owned by a man named Jon and it contains a lot of information about how to deal with water damage problems such as plumbing. I figured that it is exactly the kind of resource she needs. When she saw that the owner of the website was just around Alabama, she tried to contact him.
To our surprise, Jon replied and agreed to visit the school and talk to us and see how he could help.
As we wait for Jon to come to the school, my friend is hoping that this encounter would be fruitful and will make things better for her students.