Mobile teacher uses motorbike to take lessons to remote town

Teachers and learning

Have bike, will teach. That could be the motto of Charlo Galay – a mobile teacher in the Philippines. 

He hops on his motorbike once a week and heads up into the hills near Butuan City in Mindanao, crossing a rickety bridge to get to a community of indigenous people.

There he teaches out-of-school children and the elderly basic reading, writing and mathematics skills. It's part of the country's Alternative Learning System Programme, supported by the World Bank.

Charlo said: “My students don't stop at learning how to read, how to write, how to count. I want to provide them with the skills  to earn a living.”

He was named as the best mobile teacher in the country in 2013.


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