Thank You for Sending Me to School

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By Mercedez Tagapong

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


I STILL remember the voice of my mom every time I wake up late for school. “Are you not going to school?” was her question every time I do not get out of bed during school days. My alarm clock was her words of advice on how important education is. But during that time, the word she utters has no impact in my mind and heart because I focus more on helping my grandmother to earn money.

Although often times I did not pay attention to her words, I was able to survive my primary and elementary school life with the help of my mother. During my high school days, my mom was still there for me. She was always there for me. She cooked for me every day. Every night she always asked what happened at school that day and she did not stop giving me advice until I graduated high school.

It is when I was in college when I realized how education is very important. The saying I heard before from my primary school that goes “Education is the key to success” echoed in my mind when I entered college. College is a life transforming experience because it is here where I learned how to stand on my own feet because of the requirements that I need to pass not only to one instructor but most of the time to several instructors. I said it is life transforming because comparing it to my high school life, being in college is much more challenging. And still, my mother stayed by my side- giving me support and encouragement whenever I need it.

My perception about education was changed even more when I saw the poster of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program depicting a kid smiling with the quote “thank you for sending me to school”. Upon seeing this, I was reminded once again of my mothers’ sacrifices just to send me to school.

As far as I know, there are many children who are not able to go to school because of poverty. Luckily, the Government has programs to address this. And among these programs is the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). In the said program, one of the provisions for the grantees is the children’s attendance to school. Grants will not be complete if they fail to attend at least 85% of the school days for the month. The grant that they receive may also be used to cater for basic school needs of the children. These conditions leave the families no excuse for not sending children to school.

I know that going to school is a challenge, not only mentally and physically but also financially. I am lucky that I do not have to experience hardships like most of the school children do just for them to be able to attend school. And I started to ask myself if ever there was a time that I have expressed my gratitude for my mother for giving the opportunity for me to comfortably attend my classes because she has sacrificed for me.

For only a few months now, I will be finishing my formal education. And hopefully by then, I will be able to give back to my mother. But for now, I would like to express my gratitude to her, “Ma, thank you for sending me to school.”

For my fellow students who are encountering challenges, think of the people who have and who are sacrificing for you. Think of their efforts only to provide for what you need. Always keep in mind that finishing school is the most precious gift that you could give them.

These should be enough reasons for you not to give up. But most importantly, you should keep in mind the importance of education. And that to be educated is one’s advantage over others.

In behalf of every student, thank you for sending us to school.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 05, 2014.

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