A Beacon of Hope
The Department of Education, Division of Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) reached out to educate the Badjaos who dwell on the sidewalks of the Babak Public Market and along the shorelines of Barangay Villarica, Babak, Island Garden City of Samal through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program.
Madam Cristy C. Epe, CESE, OIC- Schools Division Superintendent of the IGACOS Division reportedly came across one Badjao with unwashed face, strange smell and dirty clothes. So touched by the experience, Madam Cristy spearheaded an Outreach Activity to the Badjaos last July 24 ,2018 along the shoreline of Zone 6, Barangay Villarica, Babak, IGACOS. She together with her staff, Division Nurses, the Division ALS Coordinator, District ALS Coordinator, ALS Instructional Managers mapped out-ofschool children, youth and adults of the Badjao Tribe. The ALS instructional managers shall conduct learning sessions right at their dwellings on schedules most convenient to them.
Ma’am Epe strongly believes that education will give these Badjaos better opportunities in life in the future. She thinks that the reason why some people look down on these Badjaos because they think of them as illiterate minority. Educating them through the ALS can fix the issue and subsequently keep them off the streets someday.
The Outreach activity painted big smiles of happiness and gratefulness to the faces of the Badjaos as the DepED personnel, headed by the superintendent herself, distributed grocery packs to the families as a token of appreciation for being so cooperative to the ALS instructional managers who conducted the mapping and listing.