The 12-year-old boy who captured the hearts of netizens for enrolling himself to school now has his own gadgets but still lacks internet connectivity, a problem faced by many learners across the country.
According to Mariz Umali’s report on “24 Oras” on Monday, Jhonel Agner received gadgets for online schooling from donors moved by his story.
“Masaya po kasi maayos na po ‘yung pag-aaral ko ‘di po katulad no’ng dati, pisonet lang po ‘yung ginagawa kong paraan,” he said of his new gadgets.
“Iingatan ko ‘yung mga binigay niyong gadget at mag-aaral nang mabuti para ‘di kayo magsisi sa ginawa niyong pagtulong sa akin. Kailangan ko po kasi ‘to tapusin para po magkaroon ng magandang trabaho at makatulong sa mga magulang ko,” he added.
Jhonel earlier went viral after his neighbor photographed him enrolling himself to school inside a computer shop.
“Participative naman si Jhonel sa mga gawain namin kanina. Na-appreciate ko na kahit ganoon po, nagpupursigi po siyang mag-aral kahit hirap po,” his teacher Merly Padayogdog said.
Though he now has the gadgets for classes, he still needs to connect to his neighbors’ wifi to go online.
A group of teachers were inspired to create the workbook “Improve your english in school and in the workplace” because of Jhonel.
“Sabi nga niya, hindi niya ma-answer ‘yung enrollment forms kasi nahihirapan siya sa english and talagang doon naawa ako sa bata. Eto na ‘yung dahilan why we are writing this workbook,” english teacher Irene Hamada said.
Jhonel’s viral photo will be featured on the back cover of the book. He will also be the first to get a copy once it is published.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa’yo ma’am kasi po sa ginawa mo pong libro marami pong matututo magbasa ng english na libro. Excited po akong magbasa para matuto ng english at makapagsalita po ng english kahit papaano,” Jhonel said.
Classes for public schools opened on October 5.
Several other students, teachers, and parents said poor internet connection hampered their participation in online classes.—Julia Mari Ornedo/LDF, GMA News
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