Story of Hope: Idle jeep turned into a classroom for kids of drivers

Published October 6, 2020 10:16pm

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many parents to find creative ways to help their children get the most out of distance learning modalities.

Among them were Irene Andres and her husband, who turned their idle jeepney into a classroom for their third grader Elrich Joy and other children of jeepney drivers whose parents lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

According to Chino Gaston’s report on “24 Oras” on Tuesday, Elrich and her fellow students attend their online classes inside a jeepney parked in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

The students connect to the wifi of a neighboring establishment to go online.

“Ito pong cellphone namin… nakiki-connect lang po kami ng wifi diyan,” Irene said.

“Mabait kasi sila kasi sabi nila sa pag-aaral naman ng mga bata. Ngayon, hindi po kami naka-connect kahapon kaya ‘di po kami nakasali sa orientation,” she lamented.

Meanwhile, other students need to leave their homes despite the threat of COVID-19 to go to pisonet shops in order to attend online classes.

“Madalas mahina po ‘yung connection, wala pong mga gamit masyado, kailangan pong pumunta sa computer shop,” Kathelyn Batapa said.

Pisonet owner Chris Carmelo said they strictly enforce health protocols to avoid possible COVID-19 transmission.

The Department of Education earlier said it has not claimed that blended learning is a success, after declaring victory against COVID-19 during the opening of classes on Monday. —Julia Mari Ornedo/LDF, GMA News