Mangyan's Lit-Num Schools Face Seemingly Insurmountable Challenges
Shy and soft-spoken, Banaw describes his pupils, the children as energetic, sometimes to the point that classes are disrupted. But if he has any problem with the children, he said, he just talks to the parents. The problem is usually acted upon immediately.
“Teaching older persons is harder. You give them a separate set of stories and instructions. They don’t always follow the instructions. Besides, they have more distractions. They have a lot of work to do.”
Like other Mangyans, Banaw and Andig also work the fields planting bananas and other root crops. These are what they regularly eat. They have rice only when they have money. And they earn money only when they sell their bananas or root crops at the weekly market.