The Embassy of Israel joined the annual Brigada Eskwela to prepare public schools for the opening of classes, arming its brigade with their “weapon of choice”—paint brushes, hammers and nails.
The community service took place at a Makati high school and is part of the embassy’s humanitarian work and “giving-back projects” under the banner program, “Thank You Philippines.”
The program commemorates the rescue of 1,300 Jewish people from the Holocaust during World War II and the moral victory of the Philippines through the open door policy of then President Manuel Quezon and the open hearts of Filipinos.
Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau joined Brigada Eskwela together with embassy staffers, who all enjoyed the painting and repair of blackboards and furniture.
“It is our mission to do something meaningful for the community, and we are happy to be part of Brigada Eskuwela. Having quality environment in education is a great contribution to quality learning, and learning is the foundation of our future,” said Ambassador Matityau.
“Here in the Philippines, we are very happy to be involved in education as part of our development cooperation, especially in agriculture. Through our agency for international development cooperation Mashav and Agro-studies programs, we have more than 600 Filipino trainees in Israel for this year alone,” he concluded.