At the age of 63 poverty was never a hindrance for to earn a high school degree.
Salvacion Balagtas, a former janitress whom they call Nanay Sally by her family and friends is the oldest among the graduates under the Adult Night High School program of the La Salle Greenhills (LSGH). During the graduation rites she was given a special awards.
Balagtas said, “Masayang-masaya kasi sa edad kong ito narating ko ‘yung pangarap kong makatapos ng high school. At hindi lang high school kasi inabot ko pa ‘yung K-12,”
Nanay Sally did not make it to finish schooling in the past because he stood as the breadwinner of the family and help her siblings finance their education.
When she got married her husband died leaving her to take care of her children on her own. Though hard, she did her best to support her children.
“Maaga akong gumigising para maihanda ko ‘yung kailangan ng anak ko. Pagkatapos, paggaling ko sa trabaho doon ko naman ginagawa ‘yung mga assignment ko,” she recalled.
Meanwhile, Nanay Sally’s family is very proud of her achievements as they witnessed her hardships just to finish high school.
“Masayang-masaya po kami kasi talagang parang ginagapang niya sa hirap para makatapos,” Fe Nieveras, Nanay Sally’s sister, said.
“‘Yung puyat, also ‘yung pagi-Internet sobrang focused niya sa pag-aano ng mga assignments niya, projects,” added Clair Balagtas, her daughter.
The report said more than 40 students graduated from the program which is mostly intended for the poor.
“Sa loob ng isang taon ang binabayad lang talaga nila ay P325. Ang vision ng La Salle Greenhills para sa Adult Night High School ay talagang makapag-provide ng education para sa mahihirap at para magkaroon sila ng opportunity o mga oportunidad at pagkakataon na makapagtrabaho immediately,” said Agnes Alonsozana, principal.