When Future Leaders Meet

EDSOR Heroic Citizenship Leadership Conference

EDSOR is a consortium of schools in the EDSA-ORTIGAS area.
Xavier School, Immaculate Conception Academy, La Salle Greenhills, and the Saint Pedro Poveda College.

It was a lazy Saturday morning when selected grade school and high school students from ICA, La Salle Greenhills, Poveda, and Xavier convened to discuss topics that are not normally talked about inside their classrooms. Instead of staying home glued to their playstations, malling, or playing hoops, these teen-agers gathered to discuss how to help alleviate poverty and oppression in society.

For one day, they stopped talking about the latest fashion trends, and instead deliberated on what they can do to quash apathy and to increase socio-civic awareness. Gang Badoy, of Rock Ed, gave out a short speech regarding what's really happening out there, what they can do, and how they could do it. After her short speech, the students held their own group discussions to plan their own Rock Ed events and socio-civic projects for next school year since most of them are incoming officers. After the groupings, many of them surprisingly signed up for summer projects and chatted with Rock Ed volunteers about their own ideas.

Seeing these students make little sacrifices to help build a better nation is inspiring. If they are willing to do it, then there's no excuse for me, and for most us, not to do something either. And because of them, I know now that there is hope for our country.

Note: As of this time, Rock Ed has received more than 65 emails from these kids in the event asking what else they can do to end poverty.

Text: Francis Bejerano
Photo Credit: Carlo Sanchez © 2006