The Department of Education should implement a different but interesting education system.

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In the Philippines, Many students we're suffering from different kinds of mental illness and one of the reason why is the education system in the Philippines. The cause of our problem. today, is that the education is not validated for learning anymore it is all about passing and having a good grades. Education is not about measuring people one's ability through academics, there is an outside world that is waiting for them and there is so much to explore than in a classroom based only and that education system that we need in the Philippines can help through by being ready for life challenges and Philippines can globally adapt and conquer the standard of different education system in different countries. Also, to add information to lessen the toxic education culture in our country and turn into something that inspire everyone.

Here young people talk about their experiences of schooling, from primary to secondary schools, courses, colleges and university and if they felt depression and low moods had affected their schooling.
School work, performance pressures and exam stress
Most young people said they really enjoyed learning but for many there had been a struggle between their desire to learn and challenges presented by depression or social difficulties at school. Many had been bullied in school, struggled to “fit in” and make friends through their school years. See; ‘Bullying and depression’, ‘Childhood and life before depression’ and ‘Friends and relationships’.
For many, depression or their low moods had had an effect on their school work. Some described being “among the top groups” in the class, “a model student” or “the clever one” but their marks had dropped drastically after being diagnosed or during depressive episodes. Some felt it was hard to focus on school work when they had “no energy”, “couldn’t function”, felt “apathetic” or had little or no motivation. As one university student said;

“For me as a university student it’s really difficult to kind of keep up with things when things are really bad. Because like sitting down and trying to focus on a written piece of work is difficult.”

Performance pressures and exam stress are common for anyone but for young people with depression coping with normal levels of stress when they had other emotional issues to deal with could be difficult. Especially for those in higher education, colleges and universities, workload could be hard to manage during depressive periods and some found the exam stress made depression worse.

I’d say it [depression] is triggered because it’s, university is just so, even college, but education is just stressful and stress, it just makes everything worse. So you know you’ll be worrying about your essays, anything to be worried or upset about will just make it worse. So, it’s kind of, inevitably you will feel upset about some things, you know you’re not gonna succeed in everything but you know it will just set it off, if you don’t have a great exam, or you don’t have a great homework, you know, just one homework that you didn’t do too well on but it will just trigger you up for like a month and you’ll be upset.

It’s just, and it’s quite, I don’t know, I’m not a huge perfectionist, I wouldn’t say I was a perfectionist so it’s quite, it doesn’t affect me that way, that you know I must do well, but, doing well makes you feel better, and when you don’t do well you feel bad so it’s kind of quite black and white, it’s quite hard to get over something if you haven’t done well in it, and if you’re feeling low anywhere it will just feel even worse. So, definitely studying would be so much easier if there wasn’t like a constant bad mood in your mind like.

Even when you do well you want to have done better [laughs]. It’s like, most people do, most people do wish they could do better, but it’s kind of, sometimes you just feel I haven’t done well, Oh my God why haven’t I done well? Like, most people just let it go, you know you’ve got an A, it was great, but other people, like sometimes I’ll be like, you know I got an A, but it was such a crap A, it was such a bad A, what on earth? Like it was, it’s just because you’re constantly, there’s no kind of self confidence, self esteem, it’s low mood so you just always just think it’s not right. Even when something’s going right you just don’t think it’s right. You know you can’t really see the good in anything, even if you try.

Holly is 18 and studying at college. Around the age of 12 things started going wrong for Holly; she was missing school and having behavioural problems. Home life was also difficult as her parents were going through a difficult divorce. Holly was referred to CAMHS for counselling and later on also spent a month on a ward. Since then Holly's felt much better and stronger to go back to college and is now able to plan ahead into the future. (White British).

t’s difficult to pinpoint it, it’s kind of, looking back, my memory isn’t overly brilliant but like, I do remember like at school, I did, I do have an, a want to kind of please and be accepted, I want to be accepted by the people around me, by like teachers, by lecturers, by you know all that kind of thing. And it makes me sound like a right little geek, and I know it does. But like the need to succeed in order to please people is quite important in that aspect, and obviously like I will run around like every hour of every day.

Although I know it’s impossible to please everyone, and do everything, even though I know it’s impossible and therefore I set up myself goals that are impossible to reach, so all I can do is fail. And that then obviously that then doesn’t help to go, “You’re a failure,” kind of train of thought. But it’s but yeah like at school I always kind of wanted to like please people and stuff.


School performance was a major factor in how people felt about themselves. It could become a vicious cycle where people couldn’t do the work properly because they felt so low, ended up getting low marks in exams and would then feel even worse about themselves. One woman said she always blamed herself for her grades going down, though she had dyslexia and was struggling with depression;

“Because of my low self-esteem I didn’t really bother about it [grades falling]. I figured well I’m getting these results because I’m rubbish at it, not because I’m not making the effort”.

Emma Jane is a fulltime university student. In college, she started feeling low and that 'everything was pointless'. On the outside though, Emma Jane appeared bubbly and full of life; she says she didn't want to burden others with her worries. Eventually, a friend encouraged Emma Jane to go to a GP who did diagnose her with depression. Emma Jane tried antidepressants for a while but didn't get much help from them. Counselling; being able to talk about her feelings to someone impartial has been take

A couple of people described themselves as “perfectionists” and said for them, the performance pressure or school stress was particularly hard to handle and could make depression and anxiety worse. Some felt external pressures from teachers or their family to do well and felt they were “failing” not just themselves, but others too.

A few people found the prospect of future studies daunting and stressful because they didn’t feel optimistic about their future at the best of times. A couple of people said they tended to worry about everything and run through worst case scenarios in their minds of what could go wrong at college or university. For some, having to make choices early on in school about their study and career paths was overwhelming.

Changing schools and not going to school
Many of the young people spoke with had missed out large chunks of school. For a few, this was because of extended hospital stays or feeling unwell but for most, not going to school was their way of getting away from social pressures, work stress and bullying. Some said they went to school but just didn’t do anything there. A few people found being in school so intolerable that they decided to change schools. For some this worked, and they felt better able to fit in and do their work whereas for others the situation remained just as bad or got worse. 

Transitions between schools could be tricky. A couple of people had been split from their friends when they moved to secondary school. Some changed to do their A-levels in a college rather than in their secondary school. For them, it was easier to fit in socially and focus on their work among students who were motivated and took their studies more seriously.

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Our Platform is:

Every Monday- This is the day where in we have only classes or this is will be the day for Lessons only and it is classroom based but the teacher or the facilitator cannot give assignments to the students or the teacher can give their required task to students instead of assignment but they will do it every Tuesday only not on their house based work.

The objective of this platform (Every Monday): is to give students to be able them to focus on the teachings by the School and this is will be the guide for their learnings to have information in their minds while it is still fresh from the topic to able them to apply everything that the required task that they are given to do so, in the following day.

Every Tuesday- This is the day where in Students will have their free time or this is the day of completion day. What comes to your mind when you hear the word of "completion day"? Completion Day that we planned is the day where in all the subject teachers gave you the task from yesterday's agenda you will be able to do it only that day(Every Tuesday). The teacher can facilitate you only and there is no classes for that day. Also, this we can see if the student do really study independently and not relying to the elderly.

The objective of this platform (Every Tuesday): This aims for students to able them to be hassle free and overthinking from the schooling hours of the school from the yesterday's agenda (every Monday) and this is the cause of stress because of requiring each and everyday of the assigned tasks by the teacher that is been given to them with different deadlines and different days of announcement and that causes the student's to able them to take standard or take risks because of the standard that the society has set and that is not what Education is. Education is what we have learned and acquire the skills that we are good at.

Every Wednesday- This is the day for student's where in it is only for club days this is where students can able find their hidden talent that grows from their selves and need some learning or teachings to able them to let their hidden power and skill to conquer everything.

The objective of the platform(Every Wednesday): It is not about more on knowledge anymore it is all about application we need student's as early as from now they can able to find who they are and what their purpose in this world they are living with this activity you can explore and you can discover who you are and why you are fit in this different kinds of club and this is the part where in if you know yourselves completely and molded you to become a person of what you can be you can able to become success in different kinds of field in the outside world.

Every Thursday - Student's will have technology skill day of which student's are able to enhance their learnings through technology. this can help them to improve their critical thinking ability through fun and interesting games or interesting quizzes in technology to be inspired and enjoy the school's activity.

The objective of the platform: to able the student's to become creative and more advance in the system of education this we teach student to become more handful and more of the critical skills to create an innovation to make change and contribution to our country.

Every Friday- Student's will have their interaction day this can enhance their social skills and can make a better plan and ideas to their work by engaging them and training them to adapt to a different kinds of certain environment for them to be advance and now be able to be acquired them to have in the outside world.

The objective of the platform (Every Friday): For them to have or expose to different kinds of people and develop their social skills which can help to make other opportunities for them to have open doors in which to take, by simply a communicating to others can lead to many doors of opportunities.

In this petition that we are fighting for can help student to become a competent 21st century learner by fighting and capable all of us in this change. by simply molding our physical, social, mental, intellectual and spiritual beings within we have in ourselves.

Transforming education systems in this way must begin with us. We cannot create learning ecosystems if we are not modeling them ourselves. That is why Ashoka’s approach to change involves organizing communities of Change Leaders into self-led teams that, like the learning ecosystems we want to create, plan systemically, communicate their progress, learn and improve together, and distribute leadership of system change widely.
We are currently creating teams of Change Leaders around the world who are working to effect a wide range of critical transformations, all of which will align to the common purpose of equipping and inclining young people to create a better world. Some of these teams include Change Leaders in schools around the world that are striving—often against the prevailing system—to provide young people new types of learning experiences. To date, we have invited nearly 300 Changemaker Schools into our global community, including public, private, and charter schools; in rural, urban, suburban contexts; and with a wide range of student demographics. These schools—and their Change Leaders—are creating networks of students, parents, teachers, policymakers, union leaders, business people, and community leaders with a primary focus on creating positive change in the world.

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