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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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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The Goducate Training Center in Iloilo, Philippines, was a partner in the drug-awareness campaign on July 23 that was sponsored by the National Service Training Program (NSTP) of Iloilo Science and Technology (ISAT) University La Paz Campus. The campaign was aimed at approximately 1000 freshmen college students. The other partners were the university’s department of Bachelor of Arts in Community Development and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Office 6.
Mr. David Abraham Garcia, the Public Information Officer of PDEA Region 6, gave a relevant and interactive lecture on dangerous drugs and the Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002). The talk about the dangers of drug addiction was then reinforced by an activity-based program facilitated by the Goducate team.
The program conducted by the Goducate Team focused on empowering the students to take preventive action against drug addiction. The students were divided into smaller clusters for the lesson and counseling time. GTC believes that the best medium for learning is fun, so fun and interaction were incorporated into the lessons, discussions and activities facilitated by Goducate community development workers. Surveys have shown that drug addicts who have loved ones who care for them have higher recovery rates than those who do not. Thus students were taught how to help drug addicts give up their addiction by being their friend. and a positive influence.
Smiling is one of the most effective tools in connecting with people. To help students confidently connect with people, Goducate held a week-long program called “Smile-all-you can Mission” for ISAT-University NSTP students. Students were divided into teams, and members were encouraged to greet and smile at anyone for 5 seconds. The person smiled at signed a form to verify receipt of a smile. The team who with the most number of verifications became the winner.
Goducate is one with the Philippines, together with the new President Rodrigo Duterte, in its relentless pursuit of putting an end to drug addiction in the country.
*Our guest writer is Joanna De Leon, a community development worker
Listening to talk by officer from Drug Enforcement Agency
Fun as an element in learning
Every year, Goducate in Indonesia holds a teachers’ training session for our Sing Your English (SYE) and eTalk (EnglishTalk) teachers, to refresh them with teaching methods and classroom management topics, and to empower them with inspirational topics. This year, our training was held from July 11 to 16 in … … Read More
Goducate staff were invited by the Laguna Provincial Police Safety Company to help with the company’s medical mission in a far-flung area of Laguna on June 21.
5 Goducate staff members helped out. They travelled almost 3 h to reach this poor community. The event was held at one … … Read More