- Many Filipinos are not given the chance to go to school due to financial problems in the family
- But this story of an old farmer will prove that is it never too late for a person to go back to school and learn
- Joseph Alba, 52, is enrolled as a Grade 1 pupil in Vicmico Elementary School in Negros Occidental
Some people say that education is only for the young minds and that it is too late for old people to go back to school again. With this, there are old people who are discouraged easily to go to school because they are afraid of the criticisms.
However, this old farmer from Negros Occidental showed bravery and went back to school again as a Grade 1 pupil, proving that it is never too late for someone to educate himself/herself and start learning.
Joseph Alba, 52, is now a Grade 1 pupil of Vicmico Elementary School in Manapla, Negros Occidental.
Mang Joseph decided that he cannot die as an illiterate and decided to go back to school.
Another reason why Mang Joseph enrolled again is that he was bullied for not being able to read locations, street signs, and directions, which is why he decided to end the bullying he was experiencing.
According to the story of Mang Joseph, he used to skip school when he was a kid but when his parents died while he was in third grade, he had to stop going to school and start working as a sugarcane farmer to make ends meet.
When he could no longer work as a farmer due to the extreme heat and his old age, he started working as a helper for the Pasingca family, who helped Mag Joseph enroll again after they saw his interest in learning.
They gave him an allowance of five pesos to ten pesos per day. One of the teachers of Mang Joseph said that he is a fast learner.
Mang Joseph aspires to reach the sixth grade and serve as a reminder to every child that education is important in our lives.