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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 candidates in Laguna pass ALS exams

Part of Goducate’s literacy program in Laguna, Philippines, is to help people through the Philippines Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS). The ALS allows those who have not completed their conventional schooling to continue their education. Those who pass the secondary level ALS examination can qualify for tertiary education.

In 2014 Goducate Laguna had 8 students preparing for the ALS, 6 at secondary and 2 at elementary level. From June 2014, they met twice a week for 4 hours each time, under the instruction of Mechie Decinal, a Goducate volunteer who had just qualified as a certified ALS instruction manager.

The students took their examinations in December. The results were announced in June this year. 2 of our students passed, both at secondary level. They were 2 of the 27 in the town of Bay who passed, out of 102 who took the examination at secondary level. In the 2013 exams, Goducate candidates also did relatively well—4 of the 19 successful candidates in Bay were Goducate students (see Feb 28, 2014 blog).

One of the successful candidates was Jelmar Lobusto, aged 25, who had been brought up in an orphanage and had completed his secondary schooling there, but the academy at the orphanage was not one accredited by the Philippines Department of Education.

The other successful candidate this year was Bernardo Endonila, aged 42, who had to drop out of school at 15 to help his parents earn a living for the family. He has 5 children (2 of whom are in the Goducate music program), and drives a rented jeepney. A jeepney is a highly decorated jeep-like vehicle used as a form of public transport in the Philippines.

Both these men are planning to take courses held by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Goducate will continue to assist them in fulfilling their dreams.

Jelmar (in white at back) and Bernardo (in blue in foreground) during tutorial

Jelmar (in white at back) and Bernardo (in blue in foreground) during tutorial

At graduation ceremony

At graduation ceremony

Bernard, Jelmar, and Mechie

Bernard, Jelmar, and Mechie

Goducate in Laguna trains policemen to be basketball officials

Goducate in Laguna has been helping the community through basketball. This game not only helps to keep kids off the streets but also to help them learn values such as discipline, teamwork, and leadership. For those who train to be basketball referees and table officials, the game provides a … … Read More

Staff at Goducate Training Center, Iloilo, attend Fire seminar

As part of the training in emergency preparedness at the Goducate Training Center, a fire seminar was held on June 23 for our regular as well as our temporary staff. Two officers from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) us about the different substances that cab create fire and … … Read More