Thursday, July 7, 2011

Students Brave Obstacles in Philippines

A report by the World Economic Forum has ranked the Philippines as "poor" when it comes to primary education. Across the country, there are schools that lack even the most basic facilities, including running water and electricity, while others have an average of 70 students per classroom.

In southern Philippines (Layag-Layag, Zamboanga) , some children swim through two kilometers of swamp to get to class, braving harsh conditions as they strive for a better future. (Source: Al Jazeera)

As Christians, our perspective on education should be as a process to help children discover their God-given potentials so they can live a better and socially responsible life. All children deserves to have easy access to education. A child's potential should be recognized and respected, instead of treating his/her academic success, the way the world define it, as the only criterion for “merit “and success.

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