SWIMMING is both a recreational and a professional sports activity -- either way, one can only learn to swim on his own following the tips of those who already know how to swim. Therefore, self-education is like swimming where no matter how much effort the trainer gives, but it’s the effort of learner that ultimately makes them swim and this testifies how experience is the best teacher.

The existence of student government bodies in schools and universities prove to be the best training grounds for future community and even nation leaders. Through the Supreme Pupil Government (SPG) and Supreme

Student Government (SSG), the Department of Education is able to provide the opportunity for our young, aspiring learners to experience student leadership firsthand as they acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in providing service in their school community. This opportunity also gives them the chance to inculcate the values of participatory democracy, servant leadership, collaboration, accountability, and efficiency.

Young student leaders should be reminded that being elected in these positions is not a prestigious leverage but the trust and confidence given to you by your schoolmates requires you serve with good governance, integrity, humility, and courage to withstand any adversity that you may encounter as you perform your responsibilities.

Amidst the pandemic and even in the context of distance learning, the conduct of SSG and SPG elections in public schools continued. In fact, last November 24, the National Federation of Supreme Student Government (NFSSG) formally formed its new set of officers for School Year 2021-2022 through a virtual election on November 13.

The Bureau of Learner Support Service – Youth Formation Division (YFD) which is in-charge of the SSG and SPG implementation in DepEd, said they conducted the said election to empower student leaders to be more proactive on existing social issues that affected the learners.