WHEN even the young have trouble being optimistic, you just know the going just ain’t good.
Lea Sicat, a 20-something grade-school teacher who wrote the latest piece in i Report’s current series on political predictions for 2010, says she just can’t shake a feeling of uncertainty. Born and bred in Dumaguete City, where she is still based, Sicat says, among other things, that “it’s really frightening to see many of the best and the brightest leaving our shores, and it makes me think this would later create a big obstacle to our country’s progress. We can always hope that they would return someday and share with us whatever they learned overseas. But 2010 may be too early for that to happen.”
Sicat, however, says she is nevertheless bent on following in the footsteps of her parents, both educators who not only managed to put up their own school, but also apparently helped out however they could in their community. And so Sicat says, “As a grade-school teacher, I want to instill not only academic skills among my pupils but values as well. It takes more effort but knowing that I made a difference in the life of even one student makes it all worth the work. Survival is not the name of this ‘game.’ Service is.”
In the end she says she is not about to give up. And neither, she says, are many other young Filipinos like her. “Don’t,” she says, “count us out just yet.”
Read her essay at pcij.org.