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Efren “Kuya Ef” Peñaflorida is a teacher and social worker in the Philippines. He has been recognized as one of the “2009 CNN Heroes” for his outstanding advocacy to educate Filipino out-of-school youth through “pushcart classes.

 

Life and education

Peñaflorida grew up in Cavite City. During his early days in school, he experienced being harassed and threatened by gangs near their school. He describes how a gang bullied him during high school, as had happened to many other students. Despite this, he still managed to finish his studies.

Teaching and advocacy

His growing concern for the unschooled children in his hometown led Peñaflorida to establish Dynamic Teen Company (DTC). At that time, he was only sixteen. He envisioned this organization as a tool to reach the underserved Filipino youth by providing free tutorials. He asked three fellow high school students to devote some of their time to teach children in the slum areas every Saturday. After ten years, DTC has gained around 10,000 memberships and conducted tutorials for approximately 1,500 children. Today, DTC’s “pushcart classroom” also teaches basic reading and writing to street children.

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