by Glenda B. Gutierrez


“I learned to be more patient and can now control boisterous children,” says Ian Leonardo Sabdao, 19, of his experience handling kids of the LikhAral classes. He was one of the volunteer-teachers.

Ian, a former Alternative Learning System (ALS) student of Magsaysay, Tondo, is one of the 23 young people who passed the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) examination conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd) on April 17, 2016.

Elated Ian (right) is all smiles as he poses with batchmate, Mark Anthony Tado

Likharal is Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc.’s (KKFI’s) version of the Vacation Church School (VCS) wherein children were provided summer activities. The objective of this program other than teaching underprivileged kids is to raise volunteers and train them eventually for a life of service.

It is Ian’s second time to teach at LikhAral last summer but has been teaching VCS in Knox United Methodist Church (UMC) for four years. He finds LikhAral more organized because it goes through extensive training and teaching-material preparation.

“I used to get angry easily when the children become unruly. Now I talk to the children earnestly and get their trust,” says Ian.

Ian Likharal
Ian (center in blue shirt) teaches a song to his students during the 2016 Likharal sessions in Barangay 463, Sampaloc, Manila


Despite growing up a United Methodist, something was lacking in Ian’s faith-journey. In fact, he used to attend classes at Bethel Knox School, a Methodist school.

“I stopped schooling due to peer influence of my ‘barkada’ (group of friends),” Ian admits.

He manned a computer shop to while the day and earned money when he was out of school. He said he did this to help in his family’s financial affairs.

Despite being brought up a middle class household, Ian said he was always in want of money. Both his parents are working. His father, Avelino, is an electrical engineer and his mother, Lilian, is a chef. Ian is the middle child of three siblings.

“My faith in God deepened in KKFI,” he says. “I became closer to God.”

Ian is known to be friendly and easy to get along with. I always see him around KKFI always wearing a ready smile for everyone.

He says now that he had passed the A&E exam, he can continue in college honing his skills in education. Yes, Ian was definitely inspired by his LikhAral experience and now wants to become a teacher.

With his amiable personality, heart and passion, I know he will be a great teacher someday. I hope sooner than later.