Meet Darlin, Enseña por Colombia 2013

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Meet Darlin, Enseña por Colombia 2013

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Enseña por Colombia

Darlin Ibarguen is a young engineer at the University of Antioquia who decided to dedicate his first years in the workforce to the field of education. These are his words:

 

I grew up in the midst of the difficulties and tragedies that afflict my community—I mean poverty, corruption, social inequity—we seem to be forgotten by our government. Perhaps what caused the most damage to my beautiful community was the senseless rampant violence—countless orphaned children, widowed wives, broken families, thousands of dreams and lives disrupted, shattered hopes and dreams turned into nightmares that to this day continue to afflict many of the people of Uraba.

That is why when asked why I chose to become a TEACHER and an agent of change for Enseña por Colombia, I can say that the dream to create change and to one day overcome the many stigmas that plague my fellow Urabaenses guides my life.

I’m convinced that through quality education it is possible to create opportunities for every single one of our children and youth. Today, I remember very clearly the dedication of every one of the teachers in my life, which is why I believe that teachers can transform lives and inspire young people to see different paths in life: I am living proof of it.

Every night in my dreams I see the beautiful faces of my students, excited to learn, with their hearts full of hopes and dreams for a better future, and every day I walk through the deteriorated gates of my new school where they welcome me with a beaming smile and they say with enthusiasm and happiness: “Good morning Teacher!” After hearing those words I am reminded again of how critical my chosen trade is and how it impacts every one of those students. Today, I am certain that this a profession that requires commitment, dedication and sacrifice, and though I may face obstacles along the way, I am positive that the greatest change requires the greatest sacrifice.

Thus, I leave you with a few words that my mother always said to me: “He who doesn’t live to serve those who need him doesn’t deserve to live.”