Because of barefoot Aeta, 600 students get new school shoes, supplies

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Aeta students, a number of them walking all the way to school in Zambales, will not have to attend their classes barefoot anymore. More than 600 “underprivileged but deserving” students in Olongapo City received recently free pairs of shoes and school supplies under the project of the Taguig City Chapter of the Department of Education-Partnership of Employees and Non-teaching Staff (DepEd-PENS).

Over 600 students get free school supplies
Photo by: Mike Ramil Bala‏

A total of 627 students from Iram Elementary School were the first recipients of DepEd-PENS’ Opensa Kontra Kakulangan sa Edukasyon (OKKE) project. Each was given three notebooks, one pair of shoes, two pencils, two ballpens, pad papers, and reading materials.

The OKKE, which was launched during its first national convention last August in Baguio City, aims to provide free school supplies to public schools students in remote areas throughout the country. The supplies were put together in donation boxes placed in different public and private schools in Taguig City.

DepEd Office of the School Governance and Operations’ Chief Education Supervisor and DepEd-PENS National President George P. Tizon shared that an Aeta student from Zambales, who has been enthusiastically attending classes even if he was barefooted, inspired them to start the project.

He added that in other provinces, they also saw several students wearing mismatched pairs of slippers and carrying bags with almost nothing inside.

“We’ve seen that despite their unfortunate situation, they are still eager to learn and that’s why we wanted to help them,” Tizon expressed.

Moreover, he stated, the OKKE was also in line with the Taguig City government’s priorities, one of which is education.

Apart from school supplies, public school students in Taguig are given health kits and sets of ready-to-wear uniforms.


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