The Teacher

Documentary, Film

Teacher Agnes worries about the learning environment and safety of the students of Bilangbilangan Elementary School, where she is also serving as school head. Tidal floods distract students from their lessons, bringing human waste and high waves into the classroom. Teacher Agnes dreams for classrooms to be elevated to reduce the impact of tidal floods on the children’s education.

Daytime flooding occurs during the southwest monsoon, which runs from April to September, and coincides with most of the school year. Thus, classes cannot simply be cancelled every time there is tidal flooding, as the students would then have a difficult time completing the required number of school days. Instead, classes are only cancelled whenever typhoons or strong monsoon winds occur together with high tides. In exchange, the school sometimes holds make-up classes in the weekends.