Due to the COVID-19 crisis, schools are closed all over the Philippines. Instead of face-to-face classes, the kids in public schools are supposed to study on their own with the supervision of their parents using the printed learning modules provided by the teachers.
The setup is great but the reality is harsh, with many children unable to actually learn much because their parents have no idea what to do with the lessons on those learning modules! In many hinterlands and even in urban poor neighborhoods, many parents don’t even know how to read or write. How could they teach their own kids?
Recently, a group of soldiers went viral after they were spotted teaching kids in the hinterlands using their printed learning modules while schools are out.
They might not be teachers yet these soldiers identified to be from the Surigao del Norte 2nd Mobile Force Company are the next best thing for these kids.
Their parents are unable to help them with the lessons, but these kind soldiers took it upon themselves to be these kids’ teachers. Putting their work aside, they went above and beyond the call of duty to help these kids prepare for their future.
The kind deed went viral, with many people praising the soldiers for what they did and slamming the Department of Education (DepEd) for insisting on distance learning this school year even if so many kids can’t actually rely on their parents to help them with the lessons!