- Posted May 5, 2012 by
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Eye on the Philippines
THE FACEBOOK ROOM
At the opening of the classes last May 2011, the teacher was assigned to a makeshift room. At first glance, the room appeared all right and ready for occupancy. A thorough inspection however, revealed supporting structures that were weak and soft; walls that were termite-infested; and a roof that was partly covered. When it rained, the insides of the room were wet. One strong wind and the whole structure would collapse.
Another problem was the limited space of the classroom. Seventy students were forced to occupy the room which could only house a maximum of thirty. The teacher believed that this condition would lead to absenteeism and low performance among the learners.
As the teacher assigned to the room, he saw both the imminent danger and the urgency to avoid it. If only the damage would prompt him to replace the wall and the roof, there would be no problem. He could fix the room himself. But the room needed total repair and his salary would not suffice.
The people around him suggested to involve the Parents, Teachers and Community Association but he ignored them. He just could not engage the parents financially. He has been keen to their poverty. They could not even provide decent clothes, shoes and food to their children. Moreover, it took the parents a year to pay the miscellaneous fees asked by the school. The teacher thought that the repair of the room demanded a large amount that should the parents be asked to contribute and their contributions summed up, the accumulated amount would still not be enough to procure even the materials for the construction of the toilet alone.
With high hopes, the teacher decided to reach out to his friends on Facebook.. He posted the pictures of the dilapidated makeshift room on his Facebook account. He was hopeful that should the people on the net see and feel the real situation, their hearts would bleed and eventually come with him in securing a safe and comfortable learning place for the poor students.
Friends and non-friends alike supported the teacher on his noble struggle. They sent donations willingly and without questions.
On August 2011, barely two months after his dramatic endeavor, a new classroom was constructed.
Accompanying this video is the teacher's original masbateno composition, ADI AKO, ADA KA MAN, which means,'I'm here, You're here too.'