Teacher in Ifugao Hikes to Students’ Mountainous Homes for Study Sessions

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A teacher in Mayoyao, Ifugao hikes to her students’ mountainous homes for study sessions to ensure that these kids can still learn something amid the COVID-19 crisis that prevents face-to-face classes. This teacher earned praise from netizens for going above and beyond her call of duty to help these students in need.

Helen Rose Omela of Ayangan Elementary School would spend Tuesdays hiking to the hinterlands to reach the mountainous homes of students, conducting regular study sessions. The hike is long, hot, and tiresome but she is willing to take the risks even if she is not even given extra pay for what she is doing.

Photo credit: Ave Aduan via DepEd Tayo Ifugao / Facebook

Omela understands the hardship that her students face amid the lack of face-to-face learning in the classrooms. Thus, she took it upon herself to teach these kids and assist them with the printed learning modules, even if that meant spending hours hiking to these students’ homes.

Instead of the kids going to their schools, the teacher goes to their homes instead. While the Department of Education (DepEd) might argue that the kids have their parents at home to guide them with the lessons, the harsh reality is that many parents don’t even have an idea what these modules are about.

Photo credit: Ave Aduan via DepEd Tayo Ifugao / Facebook

The teachers had to adapt with the situation. Omela find the kids’ homes or other locations they might be in. For example, in this particular session shared in the photos, the teacher hiked to the house of her Grade 6 student, Raven Claris Aduan, but was told that she and her elder sister were at their family’s farm to guard their rice plants.

Photo credit: Ave Aduan via DepEd Tayo Ifugao / Facebook

The work is hard for this dedicated teacher because she has to spend time for individual study sessions to these far-flung places but she doesn’t complain at all. In fact, she was the one who thought this would be a good idea to help the students! Salute to this dedicated teacher!

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