SUMMARY OF UNIT 1:
The Community Immersion Requisite of NSTP – An Overview
Immersion by definition is complete involvement: involvement in something that completely occupies all the time, energy, or concentration available. Thus, an NSTP student should define Community Immersion as an approach of developing among them the concept of empowerment and service as they reach out to the deprived, depressed and unprivileged communities and marginalized segments of society.
In Chapter 1, Community Immersion as a part of learning is essential for it helps students to distinguish a community problem that needs to be solved. It also exposes students to the DDU (Deprived, Depressed & Unprivileged) units of society that needs and help in many aspects.
Also, experiences in community immersion will allow them to take part with other people who may assist them to under-go certain changes that will make them to be aware and responsible citizens. It also develops the student’s habit of doing community works enabling them to be more socially attached and to appreciate more the variation of cultures in every community. It also imbue in them a sense of responsibility knowing real – life situations.
Community Immersion as a whole helps students in personal growth and self – transformation. It also ripens their maturity and perspective towards community involvement. It also helps in improving their values and to know different beliefs from other people.1
Psychologists say that “A person should learn from others through experiences and circumstances”. This implies that a person should learn from others in order to develop one’s morals, principles and ethics. Translating further that context, learning from others is a way of appreciating the human existence and bringing out the best service in community works and involvement.
Community Immersion as a whole does not take poverty as a general problem of the community but it narrows down to education, health, safety and disaster management, sports and recreation, environmental services, entrepreneurship and livelihood and morals of citizenry and other social/general welfare concerns. It empowers not only the youth itself but it also clings to unity as a community. Thus, it infuses to the youth with good citizenship of being; MAKADIYOS, MAKATAO, MAKABAYAN at MAKAKALIKASAN.
Summary of Unit II
Understanding the Concepts and Principles of Community Immersion
Community as its general definition is the web of relationships and interactions among human beings. Understanding of how these societies works or ought to work has been sought in philosophy, economics, psychology, and religion. Community is categorized as geographical or functional. Geographical community is defined as a sanctuary of people living in the same geographical location. Hence, Functional Community is a group of people who may not live in the same location but has common goals, interests or is fighting for the same cause.
Like any other group, a community also has elements. First is element is Demographics, this includes the population, distribution and density. Second is History which will enable a person to know about events from the past that will contribute to the development of the community. Third, Culture is the most important element of a community. It tells about the people’s way of living and why they live that way. Fourth is Economy. This includes the income level and occupation of people. Lastly, Structures –which refers to the physical, political and social structures. Identifying and knowing all of these will help the NSTP students and what to expect during immersion.
Immersion is an important approach in giving service to the communities because through this, NSTP students/trainees will be exposed to realities of life that they or may not belong to. Immersion is a way of feeling others’...