Sagada has always been known for its beautiful mountains, its cold weather, its pottery and weaving, and the risky yet fun activities that it has to offer! This year, it became even more popular among us Filipinos with the That Thing Called Tadhana movie. But what many people don’t know is that the Sagada community recently achieved an important milestone — the launch of its first-ever Special Education (SPED) Program!
A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I went on a Cordillera vacation, with Sagada being the place where we spent most time in. I was too manang to go caving one afternoon and decided to just stay behind and roam around the town proper. There I discovered the new SPED classroom which was just opened first week of November. I met the teachers and some parents who were about to start a PTA meeting.
Sagada has a total of 37 special children and for the longest time, these kids weren’t going to school. Thanks for the joint efforts of the parents, counselors, and with the help of the Center for Possibilities, they were able to make the SPED program happen and are currently able to send 18 special children to school!
While launching the SPED program is a feat for the Sagada community, they are still lacking in some necessities such as IDs, uniforms, and school supplies. Also, the 19 other kids currently cannot go to school due to physical incapacity and they are still looking for transportation that can help bring them to the classroom. This is why Sara Calang-ad (the teacher) and the parents are selling Christmas cards to raise funds.
These cards are works of art of the special students and can be bought from me at Php 50. Everyone deserves a good education and no one should be left behind, no matter what condition they are facing or how far up north they live.
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