Determined to Learn, Students at Evacuation Center Use Charcoal to Write Notes

There are so many things that we take for granted, including pens and paper that are readily available on our desk.

But many students at an evacuation center in Kapalong, Davao del Norte don’t have the means to buy pens and paper; thus, they have to resort to makeshift ‘pencils’ made from charcoal so they can still copy lecture notes and answer their tests.

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Baby Mantog is just of the many students at the evacuation center. Their families didn’t have much, yet many of them are struggling to go to school to learn something as they hoped to live a better life someday.

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Every day, he and his friends would collect charcoal from the burnt wood their families used for cooking. They cut the charcoal into thin pieces that are easier to use for writing. It was messy and the charcoal made them write bigger letters because of its size, yet the students managed to cope with the difficulty because they were all eager to learn.

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Ricky Balilid, a teacher from Sultan Kudarat who is among the few willing to work at the evacuation center, shared that life wasn’t easy for the students and even for the teachers, but they managed to cope with the situation.

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Teachers have to handle classes from different year levels and also have to find ways to help the students who didn’t have the means to buy school supplies.

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But the students and their teacher received admiration from netizens for their determination to cope with the situation as they know the value of education. While the students continue to have problems at school because they lack school supplies, it was still admirable that they are all willing to learn.

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Posted by Front Row on Wednesday, March 27, 2019