is about going to the periphery.” This was among the many memorable statements
of Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Brother Armin Luistro, FSC, as he
inspired teachers, administrators, and other personnel when he graced the
annual year-end convocation of the University of Makati (UMak) on December 17,
2015 at the UMak Mini Theater.
the theme “UMak at its Best: Spreading
Kindness and Compassion,” Secretary Luistro narrated 10
different stories of educators who went beyond their comfort zones to
spread kindness and compassion.
included the story of two teachers who went to far-flung places to teach
children and help the community tap drinking water and generate power supply, a
fresh graduate from an elite private school who opted to teach in a public
elementary school to mold her pupils and give them better chances to enter bigger
and more competitive secondary schools, another teacher with a seemingly
perennial smile and was always kind even as she chose to teach the more
difficult-to-teach students, a female teacher who received a citation from the Pangasinan
Provincial Police Office for overcoming a distraught gunman with compassion to
save the lives of her innocent students, and other outstanding teachers who
went beyond their calls of duty, separated from their families and loved ones, risking
their lives to help their countrymen during calamities and tragedies.