Street kid going to college from pushcart school

MANILA, Philippines—Strict with assignments but always soft-spoken, Efren Peñaflorida is an “excellent” pushcart classroom teacher who captures the attention of his students with his animated story-telling and use of visual aids.

The teaching style of Peñaflorida inspired one of his former students, 17-year-old Michael Advincula, to become one of the pushcart teachers of Peñaflorida’s Dynamic Teen Co. (DTC), the group that earned the former a citation as CNN’s Hero of the Year.

CNN had interviewed Advincula for its website story on Peñaflorida in March. Advincula, a former scavenger who sniffed rugby instead of going to school, said joining Peñaflorida’s group had given his life a new direction.


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