PH teachers back Pope’s plea for accessible education

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Pope Francis during his Meeting with the Families at the SM MOA Arena, Jan. 16, 2015 (Photo: Marie Lavin)

MANILA, Sept. 1, 2015 – Filipino Catholic educators have taken as their own the papal intentions for September, agreeing with Pope Francis that education and employment are two things the youth most need.

Education for all

“World leaders have a duty to take seriously the task of providing their people easy access to education . Everyone must be given the chance to a kind of education that respects their ethnic background, cultural upbringing, and socio-economic status,” explained Jeanette Javier Sumicad, a special education (SPED) teacher at Siena College Taytay, in an interview.

She went on to echo the Holy Father’s wish that young people be given the opportunities which will enable them to develop their full potential.

It can be remembered that the universal prayer intention of the Holy Father this September reads: “That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.”

Noting the lack of confidence in many of her students, Sumicad underlined the indispensable role of parents and guardians in ensuring that their children receive proper encouragement, starting in their own homes.

Liberating experience

For Prof. Nestor Limqueco of Santa Catalina College, education is a “liberating experience” that demands active participation in the learners.

“Education is a lifelong thing. Because of this, it is important that young people are educated in such a way that they will see God in what they do once they are employed,” he added.

Limqueco, however, warned against seeing employment exclusively as a money-making affair.

“Employment is not just about earning money. It is also a means that allows us appreciate better the true essence and dignity of labor of which the Man of Nazareth is the best example,” he said.


Meanwhile, Raymond Ramos, a science instructor at St. Vincent School in Quezon City, invited fellow Catholics to do what they can in order to help create a society that has equal educational and employment opportunities for all, especially the youth.

According to him, opportunities are blessings from the Lord that should not be taken for granted, but rather received with joy.

Moreover, his intention for evangelization is: “That catechists may give witness by living in a way consistent with the faith they proclaim.” (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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