LOOK: Second-grade kid uses rubber slipper as an eraser


This inspiring photo shows just how resourceful a Pinoy student can be! What's your excuse?

The Philippine Constitution dictates that education for every Filipino youth should be a right. Every child should have access to quality education which will serve as his stepping stone to achieving his dreams and helping his country in the future. However, instead of being a right, the tough times we live in nowadays have made education a privilege; almost a luxury where only the privileged ones could afford.

But there's always two side in a coin. In a country like ours, despite of the expenses of sending a child to school, it is most parents' lifelong goal to hang their kids' diploma in a plaque. It takes a leap of sacrifice because most poverty-stricken family have to cut their already short income to make way for educational expenses. It's tough, but it's the reality that millions of children all over the country wake up to everyday.

We may have a shortage in educational infrastructures and tools, but we will never run low of hopeful students who are motivated in coming to school despite of these conditions. One of them is Harold Labutong from La Paz, Tarlac who recently went viral in social media for displaying his resourcefulness.

In a viral post by Facebook page Thinking Pinoy on Monday, Labutong appeared to be writing while using his worn-out rubber slipper as an eraser. He was a living epitome of a role student because he did not let poverty get in his way of learning. According to the post, he is currently on his second grade in Engracio M. CastaƱeda Central Elementary School.

While sending out a positive message which sparked hope in social media, Labutong's case also opens the eyes of many to the reality of education in the Philippines.

According to CMBS Core Indicators, as of year 2008 to 2009, the municipality of La Paz, Tarlac has a total of 19.4% or 1783 out of school youths from its population of 9171 children within the age bracket of 6-12 years old. It is also interesting to note that from 2006 to 2013, La Paz' own congressman is Jeci Lapuz, the successor and brother of former Department of Education (DepEd) Jesli Lapiz.

On the other hand, despite of the continuously growing number of students going to school every year, DepEd has failed to provide enough classrooms and school facilities to accommodate the growing population, particularly in elementary and high school level. Aside from the lack of infrastructures, another problem is the shortage of textbooks and teachers. These are only the surface of the problem, which contributes to a larger picture: the deprivation and poor state of education in the country.

Since the long-term solution is still unattainable, Thinking Pinoy suggested a simple alternative which can make the situation better for those who are also suffering from lack of basic school supplies, like Labutong.

"For those in Luzon who can't think of a solution, the answer is simple:

Step 1: Buy a bunch of school supplies.
Step 2: Take a 5Star bus to Tarlac, find the school.
Step 3: Give the school supplies to the kids."

There are still many young students out there who possess the same enthusiast that Labutong has towards fulfilling their education. The post is positively yearning for change; hoping that the next government will pay more attention to the quality of education in the Philippines.




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LOOK: Second-grade kid uses rubber slipper as an eraser
This inspiring photo shows just how resourceful a Pinoy student can be! What's your excuse?
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