In order to become a learning hub for creativity and innovation, MDSF believes that conducive learning spaces are key factors towards the realization of such an audacious vision. In an educational setting, transforming areas into green spaces where learners can collaborate and study together does not only promote increased brain activity but also enables them to get outside the classroom, move about and enjoy the beauty of nature and the outdoors.
According to MDSF’s school directress, Mrs. Cristina Silamor, most of the kids of today’s generation are used to staying indoors. Excessive use of gadgets and social media keeps children from engaging in physical activities that are essential in teaching them valuable life skills such as following the rules of the game, setting goals and working hard to achieve them and even making new friends. The idea of putting up the MDSF Park was inspired by her series of field studies in different universities in South Korea and Hong Kong. She learned that well planned green spaces are meant to enrich and put vitality in a student’s academic life and this urged her to propose to the executive board the development of a park for the Sagradan learners.
The MDSF Park is 4,000 sqm green space designed by Architect and Landscape Architect Sharon Perion, with a Master’s Degree of Tropical Landscape Architecture, a practitioner and a professor in the College of Architecture in the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She strongly promotes green spaces for public health and ecological balance in the community. Arch. Perion’s plan for MDSF features a selection of tropical plants and flowers intentionally grown to bring life and color to the park. It has a 200-meter oval path that is designed for physical activities such as running and walking. Inviting and comfortable spaces are also allotted for group gatherings/ meetings and outdoor activities. Faculty members are highly encouraged to conduct their physical fitness sessions at the newly developed MDSF Park.
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