HUWARANG GURO*: Jahziel T. Ferrer, HAPI AED

Posted by admin | Posted on February 2, 2016

By: Danielle Hill


 

“I want to create positive change through education. It is my desire to
see fellow Filipinos value humanity and put human rights first before any creed
or dogma.”
– Ferrer,
2015

It is well-known that Filipinos place an
extremely high value on education, and compared with other countries in the
Southeast Asian region, Filipino women have always been part of the country’s educational
system – even the “traditional” gender roles set forth by the Spaniards (see
more here: https://baldemor.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/prehispanicfilipina/) put
the primacy of the woman (as a mother) as the child’s first teacher. In modern-day Philippines, where women are noticeably more emancipated, this
trend continues: women comprised 89.65% of primary school teachers in 2009 (see
here http://www.tradingeconomics.com/philippines/primary-education-teachers-percent-female-wb-data.html) and 73%
of secondary school teachers in 2013 (http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SE.SEC.TCHR.FE.ZS). HAPI Assistant Executive Director Jahziel T. Ferrer, a licensed teacher
since 2009, is part of this illustrious number.

Jahziel’s HAPI story:
At a young age, Ferrer was exposed to
the world of academe through her mother, a school owner who made her attend
conferences for fellow school owners, heads, and administrators. She saw that
the Philippines’ private school system is dominated by religious educators. While
she had nothing against the educators per se, Ferrer shares: “It really bothers
me that there are lots of private schools in the Philippines that are still
teaching Creationism and other religious ideas as truth. As a humanist, I
believe that if we want to create positive change, promote science, and teach
our children tolerance, love, and respect, we should stop indoctrinating them. Children should be taught
different philosophies and ideas. It is up to them what path to choose.
I strongly believe that if we want
productive, responsible, and globally competent citizens, we should teach our
children first how to think freely, form their own opinions, and develop their
own ideas. This is the only way we can truly empower our learners.”
How
a Safe Place became something more:
Ferrer found HAPI through the
Internet. Having have come from a conservative Baptist background, Ferrer felt
isolated from her community, and wanted to find a safe place online, where
people wouldn’t judge her for being irreligious. “I wanted a support group of open
minded Filipinos who believe that you don’t need a religion in order to be
good. I found two groups online, HAPI and Filipino Freethinkers. But I felt more
comfortable posting in the HAPI forum since the group was private. I was given
the opportunity to become an officer in June 2015. I accepted this challenge
because of my desire to be a good human and do something good for humanity.”
As an
educator by profession, Ferrer wants to develop an effective humanist
curriculum in the Philippines, and is currently working on such a feat alongside
other humanist educators. “Creating positive
change through humanism and education is my main thrust. I see
HAPI as an opportunity for me to educate people, serve others, inspire them,
and help them reach their full potential.
I want a world where
children are encouraged to think freely, form their own opinions, and develop
their own ideas. I believe that if we educate children this way, they will
become socially – responsible adults who are proactive, productive, and
independent.”

Dear
Humanist World, please focus:
“Humanism, in my opinion, is about loving, serving, and helping
fellow humans. It is about making this world a better place. We rely on logic and
believe in science. We may not find it necessary to believe in a god or the supernatural,
but humanism
isn’t synonymous with militant atheism
. Our focus, as humanists, is
humanity itself. Let’s settle our differences and focus on things that will make this world a better place,
for us and for future generations.”

 

Other good reads...

Environmental Aid / Clean up Drive by HAPI – Leyte in collab with other societies

 February 22, 2016    I had this  plan since my last visit there in Feb. – March 2015. It shocked me observing how people just throw rubbish they carry as they please, & seeing places so dirty. I had lived 18 yrs in the Phil., I’ve been living here in central Europe since 29 years, […]

Humanity is a Wonderful Force by Lucille – HAPI-Leyte Lead Convener

Humanity is a wonderful force.With the same spark of aspiration & hard work like every year, carrying out our duties in justifying humanity’s meaning & relevance, we have continued joining forces, reaching out to be there for each other & everyone needing us, giving our support & help the best we possibly can. Alone in […]

Barangay Leadership: A Cause Standing the Tallest

A public servant is born 2010 was the beginning of my political career; I had won as the Sangguniang Kabataan (Juvenile Conference) Chairperson in Barangay Bata (Bata Village) with a slim lead of only three votes. Being in a country riddled with corruption and tainted with dirty politics, I almost gave in to the culture […]

Bahay Pangarap, a New Beginning- A special support for incest victims

Bahay Pangarap,  a New beginning- A special support for incest victims : Just one of our missions in HAPI. Sex Education and awareness are  still not properly implemented. The prevalence of domestic violence has been shrugged off. People in the slums knew it existed,  but does not dare speak about it. The support and awareness […]

Triple HAPI Event

The Humanist Alliance of the Philippines, International (HAPI) is currently planning another HAPI event in the Philippines for next year. Our organization is planning not just one event for October next year but three! Yup, TRIPLE HAPI EVENT on October 2018 in conjunction with Bacolod City’s annual Masskara Festival.

Bacolod, dubbed as the “city of smiles” will be in the spotlight next October for HAPI. It is also a welcoming and warm place where most of our officers live and work. Pretty much,  a time for them to shine and show off their leadership and organizational skills.

Green Humanity Series 1

Humanity : Time to be Green Humane First. It is of great importance to understand the relationship of environment and human beings in contributing to the heavy onset of climate change. Being an educator of Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction Core Subject for Grade 12, I made it a point to update myself in new […]

HAPI listens to Justice Carpio’s lecture on the PH-CHN dispute

Atty Jesus Falcis and Jennifer Gutierrez, HAPI Executive Director and Justice  Carpio HAPI listens to Justice Carpio’s lecture on the PH-CHN dispute: Throw back Activism in Nov, 2015 The Humanist Alliance of the Philippines – International (HAPI) attended a seminar by Justice Carpio on the dispute between Philippines and China in the South China / […]

Scroll to Top