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The Colombian Post Talk, Tell, Post - What a student from Casanare does to achieve his dreams

What a student from Casanare does to achieve his dreams

                                                                          

 

It is 4:30 am and the journey begins for the student Oscar Eduardo Güina Moya, a 16-year-old teenager, currently on eleventh grade in the Rural Education Institution Pozo Petrolero. After the crowing of the rooster, he gets ready to tie the cows up in order to start milking them, which takes him about 40 minutes- some of these ruminants currently have a bad temper. Finishing this, he goes into the house, which has adobe walls and a palm roof. It lacks electric power, which makes his day-to-day life even more complicated.

At around 5:30 am, Oscar prepares his uniform; he must pack it in his schoolbag so that, during the trip to school, it does not get dirty. Then, he sets out on his trek, which is a daily challenge. He leaves his house at about 6:00 a. m. as he must travel a long and difficult road: in several sections there are streams that cause flash floods when it rains, so the community members make provisions to avoid them.

His walk takes him 45 minutes, but there are times when it lasts about an hour. If he is lucky enough and catches a school shuttle service. On those days, he is late for school and must do all the schoolwork and tasks. In addition to this, there is the need to contain hunger until he comes back home at about 4.30 p.m., especially when there is no school restaurant service available at the school.

Daily challenges and frustration are experienced day and day again, but all he endures is because he wants to outdo himself and be a support for his family. When he finishes his high school, he dreams on entering the SENA to study and receive training for any career that allows him to work in the future. Sadly, his parents do not have the financial resources to pay for a college education.

This is only one student from a small town in Casanare, but his life story is shared by the thousands. Therefore, we call on governmental institutions and entities, that are responsible for ensuring the educational budgets of State educational institutions in Colombia and oversee that they are run properly, since it is up to them that students can access to a quality education and that the dreams of many teenagers from Casanare, like Oscar, may come true one day.