A family from a rural town in the Philippines, has built a tree house so their young son can attend his online classes uninterrupted from weak data connection.
With schools being forced to open virtually because of the pandemic, Arvin Jay Curangcurang attends his classes on a “borrowed” phone. His aunt, Giecel, shared with her Facebook followers the reality of their situation. The post has since gone viral.
She wrote, “If there’s no signal, then we find one. That’s why we build a tree house on a hill in the middle of a pastureland for cows. How’s the signal? It’s quite strong. It’s just really cold because we’re in a hill. Our student gets sleepy because of the coolness.”
Giecel serves as Arvin’s guardian while his parents are out of town because of work. In an interview with The Star, she explained how they ended up building a tree house. “We ended up on a hill because there’s no network signal at our place. The online classes have already started and I pity the child because he couldn’t join them. So we built a tree house where we could find a signal,” she said.
Apparently, Arvin borrows the phone he uses from Giecel’s younger sibling. They take turns in using the phone with Arvin during the day while Giecel’s younger sibling every night.
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Giecel also shared that her nephew enjoys his classes as he gets to see his classmates and teacher. She thanks the school’s staff for understanding their predicament when Arvin didn’t get to attend the class during the first week.
Furthermore, she hopes that they can bring inspiration for those who are also facing difficulties during the pandemic. She encouraged fellow guardians and parents that lack and weak data connection should not hinder any students from learning. “Let’s try our best and work hard” for the sake of the children.