Why FTTS ( Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School)?
- Why Tolerance?
It does not mean tolerating wrong actions; it means that we accept people as equals regardless of race, religion, or color. In Tolerance School we don’t allow prejudice and discrimination. In fact, whenever we see students or teachers trying to insult each other due to race, religion, etc., we immediately take stern disciplinary action. In this school, we accept all persons, regardless of religion, race, or nationality. We believe in the mentality that “If you are a human, you are a person, nothing less, nothing more”, thus, we try to inculcate equality and understanding among our students; to accept the things they cannot change with serenity and tolerance.
Peace is the goal that we want to achieve today here in the Philippines. The conflict has been going on for decades. What we need is neither missiles nor fighter planes; what we need is tolerance in terms of dialogue and understanding for each other. The method we use is “tolerance and unity”, along with “harnessing the full potential of each child to serve best his country.”
- WHAT IF MY CHILD IS POOR? WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT CERTAIN PROBLEMS?
We know very well that education is very important for our children, and we also know that it is a very slow process; it takes time, effort, and proper facilities to produce a very good student. There are three problems that threaten our society’s future, namely: ignorance, poverty- division. Ignorance and division greatly damage a nation’s progress, due to the fact that they can’t create high-quality manpower, and at the same time, division makes it hard for our country to focus on a single goal towards progress; and poverty makes it hard to have a good quality education, considering that most of the premier high schools here not just in the city but in the whole country cost high, We really believe that the best way to solve these problems is to have a low-cost, good quality education and that if we work hard and believe in our dreams, we would have much better lives in the future. Thus, Tolerance School tries in the first place to offer scholarships and incentives to the less fortunate but deserving students and at the same time, provide them with all the facilities and guidance they need.
- Where is the location of the school?
It is located along the highway in Pitogo, Sinunuc, about eleven kilometers from the city proper of Zamboanga, known as the Latin City. The place is very conducive to learning; there are no distractions to the teaching- learning process, such as computer games, movies houses and other negative factors affecting learning. It is surrounded by green plants and students are assured of always having fresh air, to breathe which is necessary for healthy body and mind.
- HOW IS THE CLASSROOM SETTING?
There are 16-28 students in each class to ensure maximum student-teacher interaction. Every classroom is provided with a projector for the teachers to use in showing videos, powerpoint presentations and movies.
The role of the teachers here in Tolerance School is not just to teach the students physical and social sciences from 8 AM to 3:20 PM, but also to imbue them with values, the strength and skills that they need to face this rapidly changing modern world, to be well-rounded individuals who can serve their country well. One can ask their teachers about their lessons 8 hours a day, seven days a week, and not just that: Teachers are ready to guide them anytime, to the best of their abilities.
- HOW DO YOU GUIDE YOUR STUDENTS?
We guide our students through daily contacts with them, setting ourselves as good models in words and actions; we also confer with the parents on how to help their sons/daughters, for we believe that if we don’t guide them properly, they may be deprived of the values and skills to interact with the world. We may seem too young to guide or educate, but we always believe that we can improve ourselves, and to that end, we share ideas from educators not just here in the Philippines but from other parts of the world as well, so that we can be abreast with the latest strategies and pedagogies, to be able to apply them with our students.
- HOW ABOUT YOUR BOOKS?
The Science and Math books that we have are imported from Turkey, Singapore, and the US. For the rest of the books, we make sure that they are from reliable publishers, so that students can really be motivated to know the things that they need to learn. Most of the books are colored and adequately illustrated, which means that the students can grasp the concepts easily and are interested to read.
- WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN IN YOUR SCHOOL?
We conduct activities all year round. Besides the usual academic activities, we organize picnics each quarter; we also conduct excursions for our students so that they will have their well-deserved break from their studies. Every year, the senior students have their educational trip at a place (i.e. Manila, Cebu, Davao, etc.), where they spend precious time with their teachers and mentors freely without worrying about the problems of student life, even just for a few days.
- DO YOU TRY TO OFFER EXTRA CLASSES FOR YOUR STUDENTS?
To further strengthen the knowledge and skills of our students, we conduct regular review classes in Math, English, etc. on Saturdays and after class hours during the week; we offer remedial classes for slow learners all for free and not to forget that we assign our senior students to different classes to transfer their knowledge to their peers and schoolmates.
- HOW ABOUT THE TEACHERS?
We have competitively trained Science and Mathematics teachers from Turkey. They have obtained their degrees from some of the top universities in their country; thus, it is assured that they can teach very well and students can learn from them. We teach Physics, Math, Chemistry, Biology, and Computer Education from first year to fourth year, while Earth Science is studied for the first two years of their high school life. Meanwhile, our Filipino teachers are also well-screened. Some of them graduated with high honors in their respective universities, and most of them are taking masteral now. Those who have obtained other degrees are required to take a certificate course in education and pass the licensure examination for teachers (LET) in order to have permanent appointment.
- WHY ARE WE SUCCESSFUL?
We believe in this creed: “Success is never the product of coincidence, but of perseverance and hard work”. We conduct very intensive study programs for our Math Olympiads, and the fruits are well-harvested: We have reaped so many successes and achievements from the division to the international level in such a short time.
- HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOUR 4TH YEAR STUDENTS?
We offer preparatory classes for third year students during summer to adequately prepare them for such exams as the UPCAT, MSU-SASE, WMSU-CET, ADZU-CET and many others. The results are clear: Many students from our school were able to take the top spots in these examinations.
- ARE THE SCHOOL FACILITIES ADEQUATE?
School facilities are adequately provided. For instance, the Bio-Chemistry laboratories are furnished with complete equipment; the Computer Laboratory is one of the latest, with LCD screens, WiFi and broadband connection, while the Music, Math Olympiad, Multimedia, and other rooms are at far with other schools, and they are all air-conditioned. The rest of the classrooms are also well-ventilated. The comfort rooms, bowls, lavatories and faucets are more than enough for our school population and guests. The playground and athletic courts for soccer, volleyball and basketball are very spacious.
- I HAVE HEARD YOU HAVE A DORMITORY. HOW DOES IT LOOK?
One of our salient facilities is the dormitory, with “Study Time” as its distinguishing feature, which is done two hours every day from Sunday to Thursday where students can do their assignments, projects, reports, etc. They are properly supervised by Mentors, with the senior students sometimes taking over. There are lots of other activities, such as Dormitory Night, Dormitory Festival, and every Thursday evening, the mentors arrange activities for their respective classes: It can be a break at the fast food chain, a bowling session, or a film-viewing activity, so that students will have a break from their studies.
Located at the third floor of the high school building, the dormitory is a “cozy home away from home” for the boarding students. Every room can accommodate 6; the dorm has a capacity for 76 boarders. The present number of occupants is just more than 30. The beds, mattresses and beddings are all newly purchased. The toilets and bathrooms are ultra modern with 8 bowls, 8 lavatories, 8 faucets and 18 showers.
- DO YOU CONDUCT HOME VISITATION?
Yes! Home visitation is one program in guidance where in class advisers ask an appointment from the parents and visit them in their house to get to know the parents, siblings and the environment of the student in order to help him more. Advisers share the academic performance such as quizzes, assignments and projects. It is usually conducted once in a semester.