THE POWER OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT
RITA A. DALUSUNG
At first sight, the place seem to be different and the children look timid. The moment a teacher sets her feet on the ground of Sitio Target Extension School, a 360 degree turn happens.
To teach the pupils what they should learn in a school year is part of the work of a teacher. She should carry with her everyday her daily lesson log, her instructional materials and her pure heart for the learners who are hungry for knowledge. As days, months and years pass by, she realizes that she does not come to school as a mere educator but as a second parent to the Indigenous people of the Aeta community.
The magic of love does something good for the children. The excitement that they feel to be in school and their joy to see the “mother figure” who always see to it that they are doing well in and out of the school premises. And when she is not around, they miss her .This kind of love motivates these young individuals to be at their best all the time. The love that a mother gives to her offsprings has the same weight as the love that a teacher has for the kids who fill her classroom with life and meaning.
The same thing is true with the commitment that a teacher shows to those who benefit from it. When one does her work without complaining, when one does her work for unselfish reasons, when one does her work well without expecting something in return, then this teacher stands out in the eyes of those who see her real value.
Acceptance is part of educating the young Ayta Mag-antsi speaking natives of Sitio Target. It is always beyond words to express the happiness one feels when good changes are seen from the learners. Teaching without love and commitment is nothing. These two work hand in hand to bring out the passion in a teacher which eventually will result to educated , confident and productive IP learners. — oOo— The author is Principal of Sitio Target, Sitio Target Extension School, Angeles City