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Arabel Joie G.

English 10: Reaction Paper

April 24, 2015
Dr. Aileen Salonga

“Kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan”

“Kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan.” This was one of the most notable lines Dr. Jose Rizal
ever said to the Filipinos before he died. It shows how much trust and faith he put on our
generation to be the instrument of the big change he was hoping for. But that was more than 120
years ago. In the span of 120 years, a lot of things have changed and advanced. If you live in this
generation, you would think twice if it’s still right to say that our youth today is our hope for
tomorrow. You would get disheartened by the things that the youth today prioritizes, instead of
doing well in their studies or helping out with their parents at home. If Jose Rizal were to
resurrect and go back to check on the Philippines’ progress today and how true what he said
before was, I’m pretty sure he would choose to go back under the ground with intense
Education without borders. This is the advocacy of Childhope Philippines. According to
their website childhopeasia.hope, they are a non-government organization that aims to protect the
rights of children, especially the street children, and give them the education they rightly
deserve. One of their projects teaches street children of their basic rights as a human and how to
protect themselves from people who abuse them just because of their condition. This is a small
first step to persuade children in undergoing a proper education in school, where they would
learn a handful of useful things and achieve their dreams of becoming one of the men in suits and
briefcases one day.

I actually showed this ad to my friends and they didn’t know what was off in the picture until after a few seconds. Let us focus on the one thing that’s off in this picture: the ladder. What are some other things that we could note about the ladder. hence the ladder connecting his house to the city.At first glance. The ladder signifies a poor child’s dream to work in the city and earn big to alleviate his family from poverty that he has grown so used to and tired of. The one weird thing about this picture is a long ladder that goes up from the informal settlers’ area to the big city. The picture shows an accurate depiction of how a typical city in the Philippines looks like. We all know that not all of the children today are given their right to study. the looks just like any other picture. We could also note the length of . The city is located at the top and the informal settlers area at the bottom and the ladder emphasizes how you have to go up in order to reach a comfortable. The picture is divided into two sectors: the huge buildings and infrastructure that could signify none other than wealth and an informal settlers’ area that represents the poverty that we see almost everywhere in our country. wealthy life which is the city. The ladder connects an informal settlers area to the city. It looks like something that was done with only a limited resources and a lack of knowledge in making ladders. Most parents choose to have their children work for them instead of paying for fees that is attached to this institution called the school. Living and working in the city is something that people regard highly while the informal settlers are something that people look down upon. What could this signify? One would get the idea of a poor child wanting to be like one of the man in suits and briefcases when he grows up. aside from its location? The ladder seems to be feeble and very unstable. The division of the two sectors also says something about its social structure. no matter how badly they want it.

they have an idea on what pollution is and yes. But this murky water could be the representation of a result of not giving a child the education he deserves. they know that what they’re doing is actually contributing to pollution. That he has a lot to worry about and due to the problems he carry with him. we could see a body of river where the informal settlers reside. a more in-depth explanation regarding pollution will be taught to them. especially on the side near the houses. The designer could’ve used a much shorter ladder and it still would make sense because it were still a ladder. everything would be worth it. meanwhile. Below it. There is nothing wrong about that since riversides are usually where informal settlers build a community in. The length.the ladder that connects to the city. Yes. The water is also murky. nothing wrong about it. Elementary students tend . Having a child go to school. especially the ones near a community of informal settlers. The weakness of the ladder could represent the harsh journey that a child from a poor family goes through in an attempt to finish his education and work a better life. this unstable ladder might not be able to carry the weight of him and his problems and could break anytime and lose the only thing that connects him to his dreams. Let’s look at the picture in its entirety. That anytime. We are all aware of how polluted our bodies of water is. with limited amount of money to pay for school fees and no connections to the government that could get him into his dream university. represents how long this journey is. Also. For a poor child. But if he endured all of these obstacles along the way and managed to get across the other side. and that is something that they are not taught about. But this idea is just a mere gist of a much bigger problem. The reason why they keep throwing their wastes on the rivers is because they are not well-informed of the possible dangers of pollution. it is a much longer ride compared to an average person. he might feel discouraged by the people around him or by himself to pursue the dream he wanted for himself and his family.

maybe one day. Most people don’t get to step into universities because of high tuition fees they can’t afford that they choose to stop and work instead. since more and more children think of education as a not take these things seriously but as they grow older and mature (and continue to go to school). they will realize the detrimental effects pollution has to the environment and their senses will be awakened. Don’t you find it odd how the weather could be so cloudy. It is instilled in their minds that education is something only for the privileged ones. they would be the ones to pioneer platforms and programs against pollution because they themselves saw and experienced its effects firsthand. It is a right that we all must fight for. Who knows. the climb to the ladder would be all worth it? Does this tell us of how only a little fraction of these people make it to the top? Does this signify how hopeless this case in the Philippines is. when in fact. not as a right? Does this signify the impending doom the education in our country is about to face? The message that the ad is trying to deliver is clear: Education is the key to eradicating poverty. We should erase this notion of education being a privilege because it is a right. the message the ad is sending is positive? Why is there no ray of sunshine to show that. hence the dark clouds that cover the sky. WORKS CITED: . Did you notice anything about the weather in the picture? The weather tells us of an oncoming rain. not all people are given this right because of a lot of factors that are mostly connected to poverty. Sadly. Everybody should be given the right to pursue their dreams and lift themselves up from poverty. in the end of all these hardships. <http://childhope. Web.hope." ChildHope Philippines. 23 . 2015.html>."Projects & Activities.