“One truly cannot reap the sweetness of the fruits he sowed when he did not put the efforts in planting them.”
The Alternative Learning System, through the years, has produced laudable individuals who are not only educated but are equipped with life-based learning and competencies.
People who are blessed to have been given education in the normal classroom setting may have different perspectives on the quality of education that the ALS learners get, but the products of the aforementioned system have proven their worth and value as commendable members of the society. Modesty aside, it is rather fitting to say that the teachers of ALS are doing their jobs in terms of doling out the education that their learners deserve.
On the lighter side of things, numerous ALS graduates have become successful in their chosen fields. They were given equal opportunity and they have proven that they can cope up with the challenges and demands of the professional world. All of them may have encountered early challenges in life, but they have truly fought hard to stand once again and do the necessary actions to be better persons.
Some of the students I have handled went from “nobodies-to-somebodies”. Many pursued to become teachers as they wanted to help those whom they can see themselves in. Some became respected government employees and workers who value their professions with all their hearts. Others became Brgy. Officials who were entrusted by their constituents the responsibility of leading with selfless service. They are just some of the success stories that visit us once in a while and retell their journeys in life.
When these students come back and say their warmest gratitude, my heart melts like ice bathed on a hot pavement. The sweetest “thank yous” are those that are uttered with the sincerest voice.
BUT, hearing their success stories are far more fulfilling than listening to their appreciation. When they share how they have overcome the tests of real life, they place a little dash of pride into the hearts of each and every ALS teacher that they have learned from. The feeling can be compared to that of a mother having to see her children grow to become responsible and commendable individuals. These little talks and reminiscences are like gifts under the Christmas tree. They may be little and unexpected, but the content can be surprising and truly a delight to the receiver.
When a teacher truly works from the heart, she would receive the most valued gifts that she deserves. It may be intangible, but the lasting effect of it will be felt by both the educator and the learner.
Jocelyn C. Dellosa
District ALS Coordinator, South District I