I’ve been teaching in a madrasa school for the past 11 years. Right now, I’m the only teacher, and I’m handling 80 students. My classroom is divided into level 1, level 2, and level 3 students. Our school lacks resources and definitely needs more support. I don’t know why help doesn’t reach us even though I’ve been asking for more teachers. Nevertheless, I keep teaching. Despite the number of students, I have the usual classroom setting: some students are very studious, some need a bit of guidance, and there are some who are only there because they have to. Handling them all can be quite the challenge. It’s said that teachers will be teachers wherever you place them. And I believe that, because even at home I am a teacher. I teach subjects and values to my family. I want to give them a strong educational foundation so they can think critically and excel wherever they’ll be.

- Dianne Kathryn Datu

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