Trolley by trolley, volunteers are helping kids keep their studies on track
In the Philippines, teachers are bringing education to impoverished children with a novel mobile school
A brightly decorated wooden trolley rumbles down a little-used rail track in the southern Philippines carrying four young teachers, two in the front and two in the back, pushing it along with their feet.
Kitted out with a whiteboard, colourful charts and a stack of books, the tiny mobile school slides along from village to village three times a week, bringing education to impoverished children near the city of Tagkawayan as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps schools shut in much of the Southeast Asian archipelago.
“It’s important that we do this, especially now that there is a pandemic and the children cannot do face-to-face learning,” Shaira Berdin, one of nine volunteers who operate the trolley, said as children crouched in the grass by the track, thumbing through English books...