There are very few things that makes me proud being a Filipino. One of them is our world-class teachers.
‘Efren Penaflorida started this Kariton School in 2009 and won the Hero of the Year award by CNN for it.
‘As a child, Penaflorida chose education over gang life in Cavite City and vowed to create a way for other children to make the same choice. He was occasionally bullied and beaten by street gangs, which prompted him to decide to come to the aid of street children and rescue them from poverty and neglect through education.
‘The pushcart classroom is now complete with teaching aids, blackboards and even folding tables and chairs to allow children to sit and read materials provided in a mini-library – a far cry from the humble effort of loading the books and school supplies in large plastic bags…’
Filipino receives third recognition in New York for unconventional and excellent teaching
‘Queens math teacher Ramil Buenaventura achieved his American dream by emigrating from the Philippines a decade ago. Now he draws on that experience to help students achieve their dreams.
‘For his inspiring life story and energetic, creative approach to teaching, which has changed the lives of his students, the seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights is nominated for a Hometown Heroes in Education award.
‘But the path to the classroom wasn’t an easy one for Buenaventura, 44, who grew up in Manila and went on to earn a master’s degree in education before teaching for 13 years in the Philippine capital.
“’It was hard to support my family there,” said Buenaventura, one of 169 Filipino teachers recruited to New York in 2003 and 2004 under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s push to recruit international teaching talent…’
Turkey’s ‘School of Nature’
Learning from nature is more important. We need it for survival
‘Located in the high reaches of Eski Orhanlı, an abandoned mountain village close to the town of Seferihisar, Doğa Okulu, or School of Nature, is not a regular school. There is no fixed teaching staff, nor is there a curriculum. At Doğa Okulu everyone is nature’s student, re-engaging with the primeval knowledge inherent to natural living by imitating nature itself: experimenting, experiencing and evolving collectively without rigid schedules.
‘An hour from the Aegean coast in the province of Izmir, Eski Orhanlı looks out over a fertile valley. The climate and soil provide a home to free-growing olive trees and grape vines, as well as the region’s trademark oaks. The village was inhabited for thousands of years before it was vacated in the 1980s, as Eski Orhanlı’s locals decided to constitute a new village in the valley, with better transport access to the fields where they work…’