Hero of the Year — Books

CNN chose it’s Hero of the Year.  Efran Penaflorida of the Phillipines.


Efran breaks the cycle of gang induction by offering on the spot education to young people ages 2-14.  His classroom is a pushcart loaded with books.  Anywhere he parks, a cemetery, a trash dump, a street corner, is his classroom.

Learning to read and write is the only opportunity he offers.  This education keeps kids from continuing on a life of poverty, or entering a life of crime, and degradation.  His only tools are books, words, and his own courage to share them.

His methods are really akin to the 18h-century Sunday School Movement.  That movement took educated volunteers and gave them books with which to teach young children living in poverty, on the only day those kids had off, Sunday.

The positive societal and economic results of that movement spawned the great desire for free schools in the new democracy, America. People understood the value of education, of being able to read and write.  They just didn’t have access.

Efran’s solved the access problem for his people. He’s breaking the cycle of poverty, crime, and gangs.

A book and some courage . . . that’s what really changes the world.

Kudo Efran Penaflorida — and his books!


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