Jubaida B. Rampatan, an Alternative Learning System (ALS) mobile teacher, believes that sacrifice is the road to success.
In her two years of teaching, she has already shown her unwavering commitment and dedication to fulfilling her duties as an ALS implementer in a far-flung purok named Manakulil in Kalangan II, Cotabato City, where there were numerous school-age children and youth, and adults who were not able to pursue their studies due to poverty.
“I feel nervous every time I cross the river. But upon reaching the area, my heart feels something inexplicable, especially when I start teaching these learners who used to be out-of-school. I decided I have to overcome my fears for their sake,” Jubaida shared.
Despite the struggles, she radiates with enthusiasm fueled by her genuine desire to give what is best for her learners.
One of her major dilemmas was the learning space. Fortunately, through the Brigada Eskwela Program of the Department of Education (DepEd), there was an outpouring of help from stakeholders until a makeshift learning center was established. School supplies were also distributed. As a result, learners became more eager to attend sessions; they were all active and fascinated.
Through advocacy campaigns and tapping of partners, in which Jubaida was actively involved, Manakulil became known to non-government and government organizations which pledged to extend help to the community. DepEd Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and ALS, G.H. Ambat, also personally visited the learners in this area, and encouraged them to hold on to their dreams.
Amidst the hardships, Jubaida reaped the fruits of her labor when three of her learners passed the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test for elementary level. “Because of this, I became more inspired to teach, impart knowledge to, and help enhance the skills of my learners. True enough, a successful teacher is one who is willing to sacrifice for the welfare of her learners,” she said.
Jubaida continues to serve as an ALS mobile teacher at Manakulil Community Learning Center.