by Glenda B. Gutierrez
In her essay entitled, “Bakit Mahalaga ang Edukasyon?” (Why is Education Important?), Marjorie Calipus, 21, wrote this oft-quoted saying of our national hero Gat Jose Rizal, which says, “Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan” (The youth is the hope of the country).
For Marjorie, education is important because it is the first step in achieving one’s dream. This is the key to have better livelihood opportunities, including better jobs, and better standing in the society. After all, no one wants to be belittled or oppressed by anybody.
“Pangunahing kwalipikasyon sa pag-aapply ng trabaho ang tinapos na kurso. Kung hindi tayo nakapag-aral ay mahihirapan tayong humanap ng trabahong sapat na kita. Kung di sapat ang ating kinikita ay siguradong hindi natin mabibili ang ating pangangailangan,” Marjorie wrote in her essay. (Educational attainment is one of the major qualifications in getting a good-paying job. If one does not earn enough, one cannot buy her daily needs).
This is her reason why she enrolled in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. (KKFI). To finish her studies and to, according to her, “straighten my life.” She also wrote that education can change one’s character.
She learned about the ALS Program from a neighbor who was attending ALS at the St. Peter United Methodist Church (UMC), a partner of KKFI.
This is what happened to Marjorie. She used to bum around their house in Navotas City. One day, she attended KKFI’s life skills training and Bible studies. Then Marjorie come to a self-realization. She developed a relationship with God.
She overcame her fear of failure by reading modules and practicing essay-writing. She persevered by answering practice questions in the modules.
“I do not want to disappoint my parents,” said Marjorie, adding that her inspirations are her parents and her dream.
She was elated when she learned she passed the Accreditation and Equivalency examination she took last April 17, 2016.
“I am ecstatic. I plan to continue my studies and pursue my dream of becoming a teacher.
Yes! That is how important she considers education is. She plans to teach children and youth to value education. Exactly how Gat Jose Rizal meant it.