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.
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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.
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One of the programs that Goducate offers in the Philippiines to out-of-school youth and others who have been unable to finish their schooling is training in the Philippines Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS). Those who pass the ALS examination at the secondary level are eligible to apply for entrance to institutions of tertiary education. Some members of Goducate staff in Laguna are accredited ALS instructional managers (teachers).
13 ALS students began in January this year to prepare in earnest for the exams held in April. They met for review classes for 4 hours every Sunday afternoon at the Goducate Training Center in Laguna. Of these 6 sat for the examination.
6 of these students sat for the examination in April, and 3 of them passed, 1 at the elementary level and 2 at the secondary, a pass rate similar to that in the town of Bay (where Goducate Laguna is based). There, 7 took the examination at the elementary level, and 2 passed; and at the secondary level, 52 took the examination, and 27 passed
One of the students who passed was Manuel, a 29-year-old Goducate staff member. He could not complete his schooling because he had got into trouble with the law. He is now enrolled in a TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) course in Practical Nursing. As part of this course, he led a Moringa and Health Seminar for students and their parents at an elementary school (see blog, July 22).
Manuel receiving his certificate.
Manuel and Mickee (on right), the 2 students who turned up for the graduation ceremony.
On Sept 6, 2016, a staff member of Goducate in Laguna province of the Philippines taught hydroponics to the staff and to 105 students of Puypuy Elementary School. Pupuy is a district in the municipality of Bay in Laguna. The students were attending Grades 5 and 6.
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Goducate in Indonesia held a Summit on July 29-31 on Samosir Island to celebrate its 5th anniversary. Samosir is an island (almost the size of Singapore) in Lake Toba (South-east Asia’s largest lake), Sumatra, Indonesia. Almost 60 of the team (Indonesians, Filipinos, and Singaporeans) attended the Summit. Since the … … Read More