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Passion People 938 Live

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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Go... & Educate!

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.

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Goducate Kicks Off Nationwide Sports-coaching Training with GoBasket Philippines

Goducate is adopting basketball as an approach to transforming lives through education in all 42,036 barangays (villages) in the Philippines. The reason is, as Philippine Basketball Association Coach Felimon Casuga put it, “Basketball is really the passion of this country. [Filipinos] love to play…so we come into their lives by playing the game of basketball”. He was speaking during the first GoBasket Philippines Sports Coaching Training held for Goducate on Oct 11-13 at Camp Goducate Training Center in Iloilo.
Echoing his sentiment was Coach Paul Advincula of FIBA International, who added that the heart of the movement is to train basketball coaches who will reach “rural areas, the less-privileged…those in the grassroots”
“We want to reach out to…the fatherless, the motherless…the leftover kids,” backed up Coach David “Boycie” Zamar, also of FIBA International. “The impact starts with poverty. If you saw what Fox Sports has been showing after Yolanda, it was only basketball that has been de-stressing coming from typhoon-struck areas. Doing basketball for kids, and basketball for father-and son relationships,” he continued.
These three of the country’s top coaches came to Camp Goducate Training Center to train 43 participants from different backgrounds, including school teachers, church leaders, community leaders, and students.
Coach Casuga made two other points. First, “Sports coaches have the biggest impact on the lives of kids, because when a coach says something, a kid is supposed to follow without question”. Second, a 2011 study from Concordia University confirms that “Coaches have a unique relationship with their athletes. [They] are mentors, parent figures, career enablers, and judges — all at the same time”. That same study stressed the importance of building relationships, more than teaching the technical skill of basketball.

Coach Casuga explaining a point

Coach Casuga explaining a point

Goducate aims, through GoBasket Philippines, to capitalize on coaches’ influence to transform the lives of Filipino youth, especially those who are vulnerable to drug addiction and other vices.
Agape Abarte, one of Goducate’s Community Development Trainers (CDTs), highlighted the potential of basketball as a tool for transforming Filipino lives. “Every neighborhood has its basketball court and that brings together everyone in the community when there is a basketball game……….We have around half million basketball courts in the country, including those that are open courts, gyms, under the coconut tree, side of the mountain, anywhere you mention. And there will always be a kid out there who needs…the fundamentals of basketball and life.”

Listening attentively

Listening attentively

One of the trainees was Junnel Palma, a BS Criminology graduate. He shared that he had originally dreamt of becoming to a professional basketball player, but felt he was too old for a basketball career. Instead, he now wants “to teach the kids what I know.”
To keep the ball rolling, after the training session in Iloilo, GoBasket Philippines went on to conduct the same program in Goducate Laguna, on Oct 31-Nov 2 for 49 individuals, and in Pulupandan, Negros, on Nov 8-10 for 35 participants.
Numerous basketball clinics designed for youths are now on going in different barangays, thanks to these newly certified coaches.

Doing push-ups

Doing push-ups

*Our guest writer is Queenie Guibao, Batch 10 Trainee


Goducate helps train Youth Health Advocates for the Barangays

The Municipality of San Miguel Local Government Unit partnered Goducate Training Center in conducting a Seminar Workshop on Reproductive Health and Youth Development on October 27. The event was held at Goducate Training Center, San Miguel, Iloilo.

Entitled “Kwentong Kabataan” (Stories of the Youth), the program was an initiative … … Read More

Goducate Laguna starts blood-donation sessions

In partnership with the Philippine National Red Cross, Goducate Laguna held a blood-donation session on Oct 22, entitled “Find a hero in you”.  The session was held at the Goducate Training Center in Laguna.

Goducate staff (in yellow) taking blood pressure

The 34 donors came from different organizations. … … Read More