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๐™ฒ๐šŠ๐š‹๐šŠ๐š๐š‹๐šŠ๐š›๐šŠ๐š— ๐™ฒ๐š’๐š๐šข ๐™ณ๐š’๐šŸ๐š’๐šœ๐š’๐š˜๐š—

๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค, ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ญ ๐๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐๐š๐ง ๐„๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ, ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ค ๐Ÿ’, ๐๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฒ ๐Œ๐š๐ก๐š๐›๐š, ๐‚๐š๐›๐š๐๐›๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐…๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. ๐’๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐‘๐š๐œ๐ฒ๐ฅ ๐Ž. ๐“๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ ๐š๐ง, ๐ˆ๐๐„๐ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ.

โ€œWould I arrive safely?โ€ โ€œWould my students learn?โ€ โ€œWould I be able to cater to their needs?โ€ These and a million questions kept juggling in her head almost daily, with no clear absolute answers. But she is sure of one thing: she must fulfill her mission.

Not even the bumpy and muddy road, uncompleted bridges, and the noise pollution by the big trucks dampened her resolve to reach and teach her learners, using these uncomfortable circumstances as the springboard to motivate her to go on and do things even better.

As the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said, โ€œA journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.โ€ For Teacher Racyl, she took the first step that led her to see and feel the excitement and happiness of her learners on the first day she met them โ€“ the perfect experience that banished her doubts and fears, knowing that her learners, despite their abject poverty, were joyful.

Teacher Racyl had to deal with learners who wore no slippers or school uniforms and no decent clothing or school supplies. Some of them attended school hungry, without any โ€œbaonโ€ to get them by for the dayโ€™s grind.

Seeing them in this condition, Teacher Racyl dug deep into her teacherโ€™s heart to find ways to alleviate their plight. She wisely tapped every available DepEd resource and the help of stakeholders. She implemented the school feeding program that provided her learners with food, medicines, school supplies, and other necessities.

Like most IP teachers, Teacher Racyl had to overcome the language barrier in the teaching-learning process. The Mamanwa tribe was well aware of this problem; hence they took every opportunity to teach her their native dialect, resulting in a more effective communication flow between her and the learners.

Sometimes during class hours, Teacher Racyl would hear gunshots fired from unknown directions. She feared for her life, but the safety of her learners was her utmost concern. Fortunately, the military officials assured her they were in control of the situation and that she could continue with her mission.

She has all the reasons to continue as a teacher because she found meaning in her involvement with the IP community. She understands that her role is more than just teaching knowledge and skills to a marginalized community, but also to build up hope in their hearts and motivate them to become the builders of dreams for their community.

๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ฝ๐Ÿ…ณ

NB. Teacher Racyl is currently assigned at La Union Elementary School as a Grade 6 Adviser.

๐ธ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ’๐‘  ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘’: ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ , ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘›-๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘›๐‘’๐‘™, ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ , ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘–๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ , ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ค๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘ , ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘’๐‘š๐‘ , ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ , ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ค๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’-๐‘ข๐‘๐‘  ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘๐‘™๐‘–๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘œ๐‘“๐‘“๐‘–๐‘๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘ . ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘  ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘Ž ๐‘ƒ๐‘€ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’.

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