“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
– Nelson Mandela
Education is one of the important aspects in life that one must acquire throughout his lifetime for it will serve as the key to his/her future. Through studying, your talents and abilities will be maximized and developed so that you would be able to use them in the near future for your own personal growth. But then as time goes by, education becomes out of reach to the children who wanted it, especially here in the Philippines. According to Ramota (2004), the Philippines’ tertiary education will likely face a crisis if the current trends in college and dropouts will continue. Due to continuing tuition hikes more and more students enrolled in private colleges and universities find themselves either dropping out or forced to transfer to state institutions. Well, you’re lucky enough if you were able to study in college, but what about those kids who weren’t even able to step their feet to the school grounds due to poverty and many other factors such as distance and transportation.
A few years ago, while I am looking for something to watch in the television, I came across a documentary on Channel 11 News TV. It really got me hooked and I was really amazed to what I have seen. To the students of Isla/Sitio Mababoy in Masbate, the distance between their homes and their schools is not a hindrance in order for them to go to school and study. Imagine those kids who swim the distance which took them thirty minutes before reaching the other island where their school is located. It is a very dangerous act for the ocean is twenty feet deep in which they could drown easily once they’re not experienced in swimming and it is also very rocky which could cause them some injuries if they have not been careful. They didn’t even bother the dangers that may come their way just for them to be able to get the education that they wanted. Nothing is impossible for them and they were very determined and I salute each and every one of them for they did not let themselves to be overpowered by poverty, be left behind and just remain uneducated throughout their lives. They find a way even though it’s too risky, but still they did not stop doing what they really wanted to do, to study.
Some students nowadays, especially the rich ones didn’t even bother if they are doing well in classes, what only matters to them is the attendance and just to be able to finish their studies. They are taking for granted the opportunity which was given to them. Why is life so unfair! The ones who really wanted to study weren’t able to study while the ones who can study didn’t want to study. Ahhhh! It’s really annoying me! But then, life is full of surprises and you wouldn’t know what’s in the box for you. Just like the students of Sitio Mababoy, after the airing of the documentary of JP Soriano on Brigada regarding them, many well known people including presidential sisters, Balsy and Pinky Aquino donated funds for the building of little boats for the children so that they would not need to swim the distance anymore instead, they would just use the boat. It will lessen the dangers on the travelling of the children plus they will be able to get to school earlier than before. The project was now known as the Yellow Boat Project/Foundation. The foundation has already given away a total of one hundred fifty boats to the three communities in Masbate and it has been really a big help to them.
It is really up to the person whether he/she will pursue on a particular thing. If he wants it, then there are a lot of ways to achieve it and if he don’t, then there are reasons which makes him hold back a bit. But then, it is also important to try and risk on things rather than just playing safe, doing nothing and waiting for miracles to happen. Sometimes, it is also important that you make the first move. Even though you failed at first, you should never surrender and try again until you succeed. Life has full of challenges and if you let yourself be beaten down already without fighting, then you are worthless and you will not be able to achieve anything. Just like the students of Sitio Mababoy, they never surrendered the fight and just continue on with their lives and look at what they have achieved. Their hard works were paid off and they are living a comfortable life now. We should always look on the positive side of life and find ways to overcome the obstacles which we thought before were impossible to conquer!