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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October saw Happy Happy English students in two foreign-worker dormitories in Singapore celebrate their end of term. For the dormitory in Tuas, at the western tip of Singapore, it was the second end-of-term celebration. Here, Goducate’s Happy Happy English program had started in January. The program had started at the other dormitory, in Jurong, in the middle of the year. The program has recently started at a third dormitory.
This program is intended to teach foreign workers functional English, as well as to extend to them a hand of friendship. A 12-term is broken into two 6 week sessions, with a 4-week break in between. During this break friendship is maintained with the students through various events.
At both dormitories students had fun with the ice-breaker games, singing, eating (food kindly provided by the dormitory management), and, for some, receiving their certificates of attendance. The larger space available at the Tuas dormitory enabled the event to start with a volleyball match against a team from Goducate’s Connectayo program (which caters for Filipino workers through sports), and for the students to put on a dance/mime item.
Some students went on stage to tell of their experience with the Happy Happy English program. For instance, one said, “I like Happy Happy English because it’s different. They not only teach English, they teach me how to live”. Another said, “Happy Happy English is very good. I like the Chinese men, the Bangla men and the Indian men all coming together and study. It’s very good”. Yet another said, “All of you must come to Happy Happy English. I like it very much. The teachers are good. Everything is good. You must come”.
An ice-breaker game
Participants in the dance/mime
MHC Asia is Goducate’s main corporate sponsor and, true to form, one of the highlights of its 20th anniversary celebrations on Oct 13 was the presentation of a $200,000 cheque to Goducate.
MHC Asia adopted Goducate as its corporate social responsibility (CSR) in 2009, and has been allocating up … … Read More
Four Goducate musicians from Laguna, Philippines, had the wonderful experience of being flown to Singapore to perform for an audience of 900 people. The occasion was the 20th anniversary of MHC Ltd, a loyal and generous Goducate sponsor.
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