He calls himself a catalyst…for dreams. He has had more than thirty years experience helping people…first as a medical doctor and then as a full time Church volunteer. His latest project is called Goducate. It provides the seed capital and training for rural livelihood projects overseas. Dr Paul Choo is Devika Misra’s guest on 6th September 2010 on Passion People at 938 Live.
Listen to Dr Paul Choo on 938 Live radio podcast (9 min 23 sec) Podcast
Helping Needy Asians Help Themselves
Goducate is a non profit organization. The name itself comes from 2 words – “Go” and “Educate”.
“Go” means to proceed, to advance. It denotes a movement, passing from one place to another. It signifies progress being made.
“Educate” means to teach, to train, to groom, to refine. It describes a process to stimulate or develop the mental or moral growth of a person. It speaks of empowerment.
| Our Mission | Our Vision | Our Philosophy |
In January, Goducate started a programme called Happy Happy English for foreign workers living in a huge dormitory Tuas, in the far west of Singapore (see Jan 24 and May 7 blogs). Goducate has now started a similar programme in another dormitory in Jurong East, in the western part of Singapore.
The Happy Happy English programme consists of a few weeks of “edutainment”, which takes the form of an entertaining video about certain aspects of Singapore, combined with a stage show, games, and the learning of some English phrases. Before the 12-week course starts, there is a session for placement tests for those who want to join the classes. The lessons are very interactive, with facilitators on hand to lead in small-group activities and chats.
The residents in the second dorm have generally been in Singapore longer than those in the first dorm, and the level of English is on the whole higher among those who have registered for classes. The lesson plan for the 2 higher-level classes will consist of watching a video first before the students break up into groups to discuss the video.
The aim of a Happy Happy English is to give the foreign workers confidence in speaking functional English and to make them feel welcome in Singapore.
Residents at the “edutainment” session
More fun and games during the edutainment session
While some undergo placement session, others take part in small-group chats
On March 13 the Goducate Literacy Centers in Laguna, the Philippines, held their 4th “graduation” day for the 49 students who completed a year’s attendance at a center.
The program was held at the Goducate Training Center in Laguna, and was planned to build up relations with the parents … … Read More
About 15 kilometers away from the Goducate Training Center (GTC) in San Miguel, Iloilo, is a place called “seven cities”, a monicker for seven villages in the highlands of Alimodian, Iloilo. The area used to be a hotbed of insurgency, but thanks to farmers like Antonio, who has a … … Read More