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๐—œ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฑ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿด. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—œ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ-๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ธ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜. ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†.

“Ding!” My phone beeped. I received a message from an unidentified number telling me to go to the Division Office. When I saw that the text was from HR, the butterflies in my stomach multiplied tenfold. I excitedly opened it to read the remaining passages, and I could not help but smile because I finally got my item.

When I got to the Division Office, I ran into friends. The smiles on their faces radiated as we engaged in some animated conversation. We were so excited to receive our Advice Order. When I read my order, it said I would be an Alternative Learning System (ALS) Mobile Teacher assigned to Magallanes District. I was delighted at the opportunity of teaching in the municipality where I live, despite having some thoughts about what ALS is.

I broke the fantastic news to my parents. We were very thankful because it was an answered prayer. However, upon watching some YouTube documentaries about the job of an ALS teacher, I felt depressed. I cried. The community learning center was miles away for some, while others had to cross rivers and traverse mountains to attend classes. Also, I was concerned since I am a small woman. Would anyone think, let alone recognize, that I am a teacher? Sigh.

For almost four years, I have served as an ALS Mobile Teacher. I laugh as I recall when I cried about teaching ALS learners. Why? I love my job. I have already progressed throughout my career. I conducted teaching sessions outside my learner’s store, in the canteen, waiting shed, and at the covered court, and even bought them some snacks with the meager money I had. Several out-of-school youth and adults under my advisory graduated from elementary and JHS. A couple of them also obtained SHS diplomas. And I will never forget the joy and excitement of a 51-year-old woman after I helped her use the computer for the first time. She even inquired about speaking with Americans. Haha.

During the โ€œ2022 Hudyaka’g Pasidungog: The Search for Agusan del Norte Youth Ambassadors,โ€ I was hailed as Youth Ambassador for Out-of-School Youths. I was also awarded as an Outstanding ALS Implementer during the World Teachers’ Day Celebration and Awarding of Hiyas ng Agusan del Norte 2022. These recognitions inspired me to do my best to help more out-of-school youths and adults fulfill their dreams and be given the same chance as the other students to realize their full potential and secure their future.

Understandably, many of these OSYs have a bleak outlook on their situation. They thought that, just like their barkadas and parents before them, they would remain poor for the rest of their lives. But as their teacher, I always strive to be their biggest supporter and inspire them to restore their dashed hopes.

My ALS learners deserve a second chance. Knowing that their setbacks and mine are not excuses to give up on life, I will always tell them to keep fighting despite the obstacles – because we are fixing broken dreams.

#AllinLahatSaALS

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