MANILA, Philippines — At the end of a long and tiring school day, Miriam College (MC) does not close its doors yet. Unlike other educational institutions where classes start as early as 7 a.m., MC’s gates are still wide open even after 5 p.m.

Around that time, the campus on Katipunan avenue welcomes the arrival of full-time professionals who leave their respective offices to volunteer and teach part-time for three hours everyday at MC.

While it may be considered a big sacrifice on the part of the volunteers, no one seems to be complaining. In fact, everybody is more than happy to be a part of the 45-year-old success of the Miriam Adult Education (MAE) Night School.

It all started from Apostolate work

MAE has been catering to the out-of-school youths, house helps and illiterates, both young and old, since 1967. Thanks to the Maryknoll sisters who were busy developing the school then but were also deeply involved in their apostolate work in the poor communities.

“Apart from teaching residents cathechism, the nuns discovered that most of the people weren’t able to finish their education. Hence, they felt that a non-formal schooling system was needed to teach them about basic literacy and life skills that they can use to enable them to look for jobs,’’ MAE principal Carlo Garcia says.