A student in Siargao, Surigao del Norte named James has touched the hearts of his teachers as he aims hard to study in school despite his family’s inadequate means of providing for his educational supplies.
In a Facebook post by CJ Feria, James’ teacher, he shared how he got inspired by the student’s dedication to pursue his studies.
Anu-ano nga ba ang mga istoryang bumabalot sa adbokasiya ng Pens of Hope? Halina at alamin natin ang kwento ni James,…
James was the only one left taking the test so teacher CJ approached him and asked if the exam was hard. James straightforwardly responded: “Dili, teacher.” [No, teacher.]
He then noticed James putting something on his mouth, only to find out that he was using a defective pen. Teacher CJ offered his pen but the boy politely refused as he was already done.
“Natulala ako at natahimik. Nakita ko na hinihipan niya ‘yung maliit na tubo ng bolpen para may lumabas pa na tinta at makapagsulat pa siya.”
[I was dumbfounded and silenced. I saw him blow through the pen’s tube refill forcing the ink to move towards the tip so he could still use it to write.]
Not only that the child can’t afford to buy a new pen, he also took the exam with an empty stomach.
James’ story was shared to Pens of Hope; an organization that aims to gather pens and pencils for the students including the island of Siargao.
“Yung pagbili ng ballpen nila ay ‘di nagiging priority para sa ibang mga magulang namin. Kasi busy sa pagtatrabaho saka ‘yung iba sa kanila po pambili ng pagkain,” said teacher CJ Feria during an interview with 24 Oras. [Buying their ball pens isn’t a priority to some of the students’ parents. Because they are busy working, and some would rather use the money to buy food.]
This is a rampant situation of less fortunate students ever since. Thankfully, many are still giving their hand to reach out to these kids who are eager to learn despite their situation.
Watch the video shared by 24-Oras: