Gregorio S.

Gregorio S.


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Community: Caquixajay
Grade:  9th
Birthday: September 14th, 2005
Favorite Subject: Mathematics, I like to do math problems.

Dream:  I want to be a teacher so I can teach others.

Biography:  I dream to one day be a teacher so I can help the children in my community who don’t have access to education. I try my best in school, participate in class, do all of my school work and get along with the kids in my class. I have a big family with seven siblings and nine family members who live at home. When I’m not in school I help my father work in the field. My father supports my education and wants me to be in school because he believes that education can change my life. Even though he is supportive, unfortunately our income is so low it will be difficult for me to stay in school. My father is a farmer and he used to plant peas. Several times he lost his crops which caused us a lot of financial strain. Now he plants corn. While he waits for the time to harvest, he works for other people who pay him about Q 35.00 ($4.37) a day. Since this is such a small income, he also sells wood. My mother is a housewife and she weaves textiles. In my community there are not a lot of opportunities for growth or employment – the only way to make money is to work in the field. My mom doesn’t want me or my siblings to go through the same thing she did – to work very hard and not achieve much. I know I can be successful but my parents aren’t able to pay for my studies, even though they want to. I will have to leave school and work alongside my father in the field. I want to study so I have a better opportunity for a better future with permanent work and I won’t always have to work in the fields.

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