How do Filipino families afford to send their kids to school? I think this is one of the questions thats pops up to the minds of some of the people that come here to visit and not live here and seeing how big many people we have here in every household. We all know that a typical family in the Philippines has 6 to a dozen kids. That’s just the normal families here. As you guys know Philippines is among the highest rank of the poor nation in the world. So some would wonder how a family of 6 or 8 send their kids to school, especially to college?
Well, as I can see in the place where I used to grow up some of our neighbors that has 8 kids or more they can afford sending all the kids through grade school and high school. After high school graduation some kids will continue on to college but some has go to the city like GenSan, Davao, Cebu or Manila to work. The parents just can’t afford to send them to college. Some of the siblings would even have to work as maid or in factory so that one of the other sibling can continue to college. Mostly it’s the oldest child would be sent first to college and the others will either help the parents in the farm or they go off to work.
Some also would go work as a working student in school or work in peoples house as maid during daytime and go to school during night time. Here in Davao we have school that offered school just during Sunday for high school. My nephew is one of the student there right now. One of my niece graduated there and starting to go to weekends classes too for college. Most of my niece and nephew’s classmates are working student. I think when they finish their degree they would really be proud of themselves because they really work hard to earn their degree. Now I was thinking I should have done this to my spoiled niece that just wasted her education. I should let her be a working student so that she would know the value of money and education.
One thing in our culture we will sent the oldest kid to school and hopefully finish it. As soon as he/she graduated from college and gets a job it would be his or her responsibility to send the younger one to school. If one of them graduated and had work its their responsibility to send the younger one again. It’s just like a pattern. I saw this pattern with some of my family(cousins) too. Luckily for us my Dad has enough income in our farm to send us to school. I was thankful for that, that I was allowed to study in Cebu City in a good school too.
I base this in some of my personal experience. As you know I grow up in the farm and we are poor. I’m proud of my parents that they really work hard to send us kids to good school. How about you guys? Let me know how you obtain your education.