The undeniable explosion of population has been a contributing factor to many children being unable to afford to go to school. Many are left behind and remained naïve about things they should know.
In Davao City, an improved city in the southeastern part of the Philippines, there are still cases of children whose families cannot send them to school. Even if Davao is a well-developed city, many children remained sorely clueless about basic things they need to know like reading, writing and counting. This is due to poverty and unsustainable government intervention on education.
I myself am one example of such children. After Mama gave birth to our sixth and seventh sibling, my parents decided not to sustain our education. In those sad times, I kept wondering why I couldn’t go to school. I asked myself what were the things I did wrong. Then I have realized that it was poverty, and a dearth of resources that caused me to stop my schooling.
I always get envious of youngsters who go to school. I know there are lots of good opportunities waiting for them. They have the bigger chance to reach their ambitions in life while I might remain behind them. I even asked myself why I needed to work early while others do not. And even the rarest question like why I can’t afford to buy things I need and others can have anything they want. Life perhaps is unfair.
Life may be unfair but I am sure that we still have the chance to make it balanced and fair. And that is what I am doing. Even if I am not studying, my life has not been idle. It was still worthy. I work for our young people through educating them on issues they presently encounter like STI’s/HIV and AIDS prevention, Family Planning, Domestic Violence and etc.
But we still need to look up to other young people. There are still cases of young people who are uneducated; most of them are the indigenous people, thosesettled in the upland. They are those who are not being delivered with equal educational services like classrooms, books and even teachers.
Education is a thing that the government should never compromise for this is the most important thing. Our young people need to be successful to whatever path they would take. The government should look into those young people who are marginalized and forgotten to find out what services they need and they deserve to have.
Many of them live their lives uneducated. They die without the chance to enjoy their right to education. They die without knowing the smell of a pencil, paper and even a teacher. Education is one most important thing the government should work on.